Heartstrings Mission & Method
To provide compassionate validation, bereavement education and hope to families who have suffered pregnancy, infant and child loss through distinctive peer-based support programs guided by bereaved parents in partnership with professional facilitators. Heartstrings is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity organization with the Tax ID #76-0777216.
Heartstrings is recognized as the foremost pregnancy, infant, and child loss support organization partnering with families, medical personnel and the community to provide peer-based grief support and education to bereaved parents.
Heartstrings is not a faith-based organization and serves grieving parents regardless of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or socioeconomic status by connecting them with parents who have experienced a similar loss.
The Heartstrings Method©
Since the first support group in 2005, Heartstrings and several counseling professionals have continued to improve the curriculum and format used in the support groups based on participant pre- and post-evaluation. What is different about Heartstrings? The main characteristics that make Heartstrings unique are that our support groups:
- Are led by a licensed counselor and a bereaved parent who has personally experienced pregnancy, infant or child loss. Both facilitators are trained in the Heartstrings curriculum specific to the type of loss.
- Follow a set curriculum that educates the parents about grief while also allowing them to share their loss and emotions in a safe place.
- Are closed to new participants after the second meeting to protect the trust and community of the group.
- Meet weekly for the first month and every-other-week for the last two months to allow the participants to build community outside of the group.
- Recognize the natural gender differences experienced in grief and healing by hosting two male/female breakout sessions.