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Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Resources
This page is home to an array of resources that pertain to infant mortality and Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR). For more information about FIMR please visit, www.michigan.gov/FIMR. For more information about maternal and infant health, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Division of Maternal of Infant Health at www.michigan.gov/miheip.
Michigan Maternal, Pregnancy, and Infant Loss Support Resources
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Grief Support Referral Program for families who experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss is no longer in existence so, please do not make referrals to the program.
With the tragic loss of a pregnancy or an infant, it is important that families receive grief and bereavement support during this extremely difficult time. As a provider, it may be difficult to know where to connect families for these services. We encourage providers to refer to the resources below.
What type of resources should you consider when helping bereaved families?
Healthcare and Mental Health Providers
If a grieving family member exhibits difficulty after a loss, the best grief support option is often provided through professional medical and mental health services. Consider supporting a bereaved family member by referring to a primary care or mental health professional. Sometimes, this may require helping a family navigate their private or public insurance policy and locating an appropriate provider. The benefits of direct professional services are worth the extra time. Additionally, many hospitals provide grief and bereavement support services including meetings, resources, etc.
- Primary Care Providers are equipped to provide a variety of evaluations and services. They are often the first to know if a patient is struggling with increased stress or depression. If your client does not yet have a primary care provider, this is an important first step in supporting their long-term wellbeing.
- Health Plans are important partners in providing grief support to your clients. Ask your client if he or she has a private or public health insurance plan and encourage him/her to reach out to locate an in-network provider.
- Licensed Professional Counselors provide mental health services across Michigan. The Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA) maintains a list of these counselors. You can find providers by county at: Counselors by County
Hospice-Affiliated Grief Support
Local hospice organizations often integrate grief support into their care model or collaborate with local grief support groups. Contacting local hospice agencies is an easy way to find out what types of grief support services may already exist within a community. They may also have resources for both providers and clients to equip them to navigate maternal and perinatal loss more successfully.
- The State of Michigan developed a list of hospice and grief support partners grouped alphabetically by county at: Michigan Resources for Grieving Families
- The Michigan HomeCare & Hospice Association maintains a database of hospice providers grouped by county, ZIP code and category to help you connect with local providers at: Provider-Member Directory
- Arbor Hospice's Anchors Perinatal Program provides perinatal and pediatric hospice programs. They offer a pediatric support line, covering most of the state of Michigan at: 888-247-5704. For more information: The Anchors Perinatal Program
Excellent nonprofit supports are available through both national and local organizations. Their service ranges from resources and materials that discuss what families can expect during the grieving process, to real-time support groups-both in person and online. Some of these organizations focus on certain bereaved family members-such as parents or siblings-and even certain causes of perinatal death. Consider calling United Way's 2-1-1 hotline to identify local agencies that may provide targeted grief services.
- The TEARS Foundation Michigan Chapter provides diverse grief support for families and trainings for professionals. Financial assistance of up to $500 for funerals is available to any Michigan family losing an infant older than 20 weeks gestation and younger than one year old. TEARS also offers multi-session grief workshops in the Livonia area, as well as remembrance events for bereaved parents. For more information: The TEARS Foundation
- First Candle serves families directly impacted by stillbirth, miscarriage and sudden infant death with diverse resources and fact sheets and provides grief counseling contact: 203-966-1300. For more information: First Candle
- The Compassionate Friends assists families in their grief following the death of a child. They offer private Facebook groups, online communities, conferences, and local chapters to assist families as they grieve. Contact: 1-877-969-0010. For more information: The Compassionate Friends
- March of Dimes: Pregnancy and Newborn Loss will send resources to families directly impacted by perinatal losses due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death. They also provide bereavement resource packets at: Dealing with Grief After the Death of Your Baby
- A Heartbreaking Choice offers support to parents who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy because of a serious or fatal prenatal diagnosis. In addition to providing online discussion forums and places to share artistic expressions of grief, the site also provides education about certain congenital conditions. For more information: A Heartbreaking Choice
- Center for Loss in Multiple Birth, Inc. (CLIMB) supports families through the loss of a twin or twins, or loss of higher order multiples. Their content can be translated into Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian. For more information: CLIMB
Many bereaved families find great comfort through their faith communities. Churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship are familiar with providing culturally responsive funeral services, as well as supporting families as they navigate profound loss. While not appropriate in every instance, faith-based organizations are a rich, and often underutilized, community resource. Ask bereaved family members if they are a part of a faith community that may offer bereavement support services.
- Local Faith Communities often offer pastoral, rabbinical, lay counseling, or grief support groups. They also provide a network of supportive community members who can support grieving families in tangible ways. Many religions have a theology of loss and pain that provides great comfort and hope to grieving families. If your client references their faith tradition, they may be a perfect candidate for this type of support.
- Crossroads Care Center offers a monthly Baby Loss Supporting Mother's Group (BLOSSM Group) to encourage and support those who have experienced a loss. For more information: Crossroads Care Center
Financial Assistance for Funeral Expenses
Need-based financial assistance is available from the State of Michigan, as well as through other agencies. Some funeral homes are willing to provide services at a discounted rate in cases of perinatal loss.
- The State of Michigan provides burial support based on eligibility to Michigan residents facing funeral, burial, or cremation costs they cannot afford. The body of the deceased must be physically in Michigan and an application for these funds must be made no later than 10 business days after a burial, cremation, or tissue donation takes place. More details on this program and the needed applications are available online. While this may not cover all the expenses, it can ease the financial pressure many families encounter. For more information: Burial Services
- The TEARS Foundation, Michigan chapter, also offers financial assistance in cases of perinatal loss, in addition to a host of perinatal grief support services and memorial opportunities. For more information: The TEARS Foundation
- Michigan Crime Victim's Compensation may help crime victims, who sustained a personal physical injury, and their immediate families with the financial costs of crime. For more information: Crime Victim Compensation
- Michigan Medicine Grief and Support provides information and resources after the loss of an adult, child, or pregnancy. For more information: Adult Loss Grief Resources, Child Loss Grief Resources, Pregnancy Loss Grief Resources
- Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan includes national and local resources to assist victims of crime along with victim advocates: For more information: Victim Resource Contacts and Links