MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison non-profit is starting a new program in 2016 for parents who lose children.
Bereaved Parents of Madison, Inc. will launch the HUGS program in January. It stands for Hope, Understanding and Grief Support. Bereaved Parents of Madison President Claire Matejka says the goal is to get a volunteer parent who has been through child loss in the past to meet with a parent or parents who are currently going through it.
Matejka talked about the new program on Wake Up Wisconsin with 27 News anchor Dani Maxwell, who experienced the loss of her own triplets in April. Click on the video to watch the interview.
Matejka says, "We have parents who have experienced early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and infant death. We will be available to go to the parents bedside to provide peer support before families arrive at the hospital if they have been given a fatal diagnosis, while families are still inpatient, or after families are discharged. We can also provide phone support. Our goal is to be patient advocates and reduce the regrets that parents have after their time with their babies passes.
Bereaved Parents of Madison has been working on this program for more than a year with the support of Meriter and St. Mary's Hospitals. They are looking for volunteers. To learn more, click on this link.