RTS Bereavement Services

Janet Press, RNC or Kathy Gorzka
Phone: 315 470-7372 or 470-2768

The Perinatal Bereavement Services (RTS) Resolve Through Sharing is a program designed to support parents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby. Whether due to an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, interuption of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death, we are here to listen.

Grieving is a normal response to the death of a loved one. When a baby dies, the family may also mourn the loss of their hopes and dreams, and of their lifetime with that child. Caring, supportive hospital staff can help the family through the initial shock and crisis in an effort to adjust to their changed life without their baby. This is the focus of the RTS Perinatal Bereavement Services program. We offer immediate and on-going support during the family's time of need.

The RTS program uses a team approach to help the family through this difficult period. Representatives from nursing, spiritual care, social services, the funeral home and other related community services are involved with assisting the family. This program is available to each and every grieving mother, father/significant other and family. Our support includes listening to the mother and family, as well as honoring the baby. We offer positive choices and provide an opportunity to identify family needs and make decisions that can hold some positive memories.

After discharge, an RTS trained staff nurse is in contact with the mother and family. The grieving period has no timetable, and we will be available to offer support for as long as we are needed.

Many parents and family members find great comfort in sharing their loss with others who have travelled the same road. You may want to attend an RTS support group, see a Counselor or attend an event with other parents.

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Mementos

Memories of the baby can help the parents and family through this difficult time. The family will be offered memory boxes, literature specific to the type of loss, photographs and gold baby rings. The items are provided free of charge from Crouse Hospital through donations from caring individuals, including many who have benefited from our program.

At the hospital, photographs are taken of each newborn baby, and they are available in two to three weeks. When the baby's photos arrive, an RTS Bereveanent Services office nurse will contact the parents.

How Can You Help?

Responding to Grieving Families:
TIPS & ADVICE on how you can help a parent and family cope with the loss of a child.

For Further Information

For more information about RTS Bereavement Services, or to reach a counselor:

Janet Press, RNC or Kathy Gorzka
315 470-7372 or 470-2768

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