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  Welcome to Helping After Neonatal Death  
 

HAND LogoHAND is a resource network of parents, professionals, and supportive volunteers that offers a variety of services throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. There are no fees for our services. HAND relies entirely on donations to support its programs. More...

 
     
  2013 Annual Letter - Your Support is Needed  
 

“There is, I am convinced, no picture that conveys in all its dreadfulness, a vision of sorrow, despairing, remediless, supreme. If I could paint such a picture, the canvas would show only a woman looking down at her empty arms.” -Charlotte Bronte

HAND is closing its 29th year providing grief support services to families who have lost a child before, during, or shortly after birth. HAND is run exclusively by volunteers – all bereaved parents – in Northern California and the Central Valley. HAND relies entirely on your support so grieving parents can receive our services for free.

- “What HAND Means to Me”
We asked parents what HAND means to them, and here are some of their thoughts:

- My son died almost 3 years ago. I was blessed to have so much support and love. I know there are many who are not as rich in support. This is our first Service of Remembrance. We hope to come each year so that our surviving twin will remember he has a brother.
- HAND has helped me know that I am not alone, that my child has friends to play with in heaven, that this is not a grief I bear alone. Thank you!!!
- We really appreciate HAND. We come as a family to support my sister-in-law and others. It was a really good outcome this year.

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Parents

We are so sorry that your precious baby died. As parents, we do not expect to outlive our children. The death of a child robs us of a lifetime of enjoying a unique and irreplaceable piece of ourselves. More...

 
Family & Friends

The English terms sympathy and compassion go back to Greek and Latin words, respectively, which originally referred to a "common feeling," something "felt together." More...

 
Health Care Professionals

As a caregiver, you are in a unique position to provide a level of care and sensitivity that can greatly affect the course of a family's grieving process. More...

 
Poetry & Stories Blog

HAND poetry & stories blog section for parents and first person stories. Go now...

 
The Quilt Project

quilt square 3Each quilt square memorializes an individual child, but the quilts, as a whole, serve to bring awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss to the public. Learn more...

 
 
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