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Making Arrangements

Cremation: This way might help you feel close to baby.  You can keep their ashes, or scatter them in a special place.  They make many specialized urns for babies.  There is also teddy bears made to hold tiny urns so you can "hold" them.
*In some cases you can see baby again before they are cremated. You can show the funeral home a photo of baby from the day you had them and ask if there has been much of a physical change, before you decide. If you do chose to see baby you may want to bring some extra clothing or a thick blanket. As they may have some fluid release (you may have noticed in the hospital). The younger gestation the baby, the more likely it is that they will have physical changes in appearance.

Viewing: This can be done privately or in the form of a small funeral. If in the funeral form it may be best to have a limited time of the casket being open, so you are always close-by while it is. In some places you can also hold the viewing in the comfort of your own home.

Burial: You can have a burial at a regular cemetery, close to other family members or some have a baby specific area if you would like.  You do not have to place a head stone right away. There is some things to think about before choosing burial.  Some families find it hard if they move out of state, not to be able to visit or plant flowers often.

Celebration of Life, Memorial Service, Funeral:
Some families just decide between cremation or burial but you can also hold a "celebration of life".  You can have one at the funeral home, or yours or a family members home. This gives a way for friends and family to see you and offer support.

Financial Assistance
If you have any trouble finding assistance please contact us.

It is reccomened to call around to all the funeral homes in your area letting then know it is for a tiny baby. Often funeral homes will waive many or all of the fees, or at the very least work with you on payments.

The Tears Foundation seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their precious baby who has died. Many of the founders and volunteers at The TEARS Foundation have experienced the loss of their own baby, and want to reach out in this way to support newly bereaved parents in their time of devastating sorrow.

Rebecca's Reason
Provides financial assistance to families who have lost a child or received a life-limiting diagnosis for a child. They help with medical or funeral expenses.

Hayden's Helping Hands Provides financial assistance for medical expenses after the birth of a baby born still

Angel Names Association Assists U.S. families of stillborn babies (20 weeks gestation and over) with programs designed to provide financial assistance for end-of-life expenses and counseling services.

Skyler's Gift Supports families in need that have exhausted other efforts to find funding for funeral and mortuary costs (when there is a loss due to prematurity). Families may apply for funding for up to $1000 makes payment directly to funeral home to cover costs.

Luca John Foundation Provides financial assistance to cover funeral costs.

Flutter by Izzy Jane Foundation Financial assistance for angel babies born 24 weeks gestation and over.

Kelly Ryan Foundation Provides burial costs to families nationwide, who are grieving pregnancy or infant loss.

Angel Names Association Provides financial assistance for families of stillborn babies, to assist with expenses related to: Autopsy, funeral/burial/cremation, cemetery plot, headstone/monument.
*Additionally, provides funding for bereaved families in need who are seeking the support of a counselor to address grief related to baby’s stillbirth.

Cael's Angels Helps qualifying families with  financial support for the costs associated with burial/funeral expenses. Also can help with autopsy expenses when insurance coverage will not. Qualifying families can request financial support for the costs associated with the full evaluation of a stillbirth (as funds are available)

Location Specific...
State Burial Assistance Program (I'm Sorry to Hear) View information and the link to your states program (USA)

Little Wings
Provides Montana families with free caskets, burial gowns, and grave markers for babies lost during pregnancy. Also has had a section of Mount Calvary Cemetery donated for the organizations use.

The Ramsey Keller Memorial  Works with local Montana funeral homes and pay for the expenses of children’s funerals. (Montana, USA)

Ronald McDonald House Funds are only available to families experiencing a loss in the same month as the request for assistance is made. (Texas, USA)

Children are Butterflies (Helping families in the UK)

Olivia Raine Foundation To qualify for assistance, you must be a resident of Michigan and your request for assistance must be within a year of your infant's death. The Olivia Raine Foundation will help with up to $500 of the funeral costs.  Funds for infant funerals will be sent directly to the funeral home, cemetery, or monument company. (Michigan, USA)

Children's Burial Assistance (Georgia, USA)

Funeral Items
Elizabeth's Ministry International Cost Free Burial Clothing and Items. 

Heaven's Gain Early loss and Trimester specific caskets, Baby Specific Urns, and Baby Loss Books

Rustic Stone Garden Stone Memorial Plaques (UK)

You may also find it helpful to have information on your rights and money saving options Saving on Funeral Costs

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