Nonprofit Experts in Grief Training for Reproductive Loss Expand Reach and Comfort in spite of COVID-19
SAN DIEGO (August 20, 2020) – Life Perspectives®, the global leader in education, research, expertise and support after reproductive loss including miscarriage and abortion, without religious or political affiliation, today announced its explosive growth in helping those who experience grief after reproductive loss.
“People’s responses to reproductive loss are as unique as fingerprints,” said Michaelene Fredenburg, CEO of Life Perspectives. “Some people are fine, and adapt to the loss quickly, while others struggle. For those who experience grief from reproductive loss, we are here to help!”
THREE MAJOR MILESTONES
The nonprofit achieved three major milestones this month:
- 500,000 total visits to their healing websites MiscarriageHurts.com and AbortionChangesYou.com.
- Up from 400,000 cumulative visitors to these sites from 2008 to 2018
- 5,000 healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, mental wellness experts, and community and faith-based organizations, educated to offer reproductive grief care to patients and clients
- Double the health professionals trained by Life Perspectives prior to 2018
- 135,000 healing resources distributed, including booklets, brochures, books, and condolence gifts.
- Up from 100,000 resources distributed from 2008 to 2018
WHY CARE ABOUT GRIEF AFTER REPRODUCTIVE LOSS?
- 1 out of 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage
- 1 out of 4 women have an abortion by the age of 45
- 2 million couples face reproductive loss each year
- Everyone knows someone who has experienced reproductive loss
“If you haven’t experienced reproductive loss personally, you know someone who has,” said Michaelene Fredenburg, CEO of Life Perspectives. “Since they may feel uncomfortable sharing their experience, it is possible that they are suffering silent and alone.”
RESOURCES FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING REPRODUCTIVE LOSS
Life Perspectives provides two anonymous websites for people who may be experiencing grief after reproductive loss: MiscarriageHurts.com and AbortionChangesYou.com. With 500,000 total visitors, both of these sites offer tools to help work through grief, including healing pathways for emotional support and a place to post anonymous personal stories as a way to work towards healing. Life Perspectives cautions that many of these stories are raw, painful and often difficult to read.
In addition to the two healing websites, Life Perspectives also offers condolence gifts that friends and family can purchase for those who are struggling after reproductive loss. These gifts, including condolence cards and jewelry, can be found by shopping on the www.LifePerspectives.com website.
RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Many healthcare professionals interact daily with people who have experienced reproductive loss. What do they say to these patients and clients? The right – or wrong – words could impact a reproductive loss experience for decades.
“In the medical community, there is zero standard of grief care for reproductive loss,” added Fredenburg. “We have no evidence-based, unified protocol to help healthcare providers offer quality care to patients and clients experiencing reproductive loss.”
Life Perspectives ameliorates this by educating healthcare providers through virtual educational and training sessions including courses like (a) “Reproductive Loss 101: Facilitating the Grieving Process” and (b) Life Perspectives’ COVID-related training, “Reproductive Grief Care: Reaching Out in a World That’s Staying In.” Contact hours and CEUs can be earned through attending these courses, which are available both live and on demand at lifeperspectiveslearningsystem.com.
INTERESTED IN HELPING OTHERS THROUGH THEIR REPRODUCTIVE GRIEF?
- Attend Life Perspective classes and learn how to provide solace and care to those impacted by reproductive loss. Classes are open to everyone; not just healthcare workers
- Become a Life Perspective instructors who trains medical professionals and help thousands
- Donate to Life Perspectives at LifePerspectives.com
LIFE PERSPECTIVES’ VISION
Life Perspectives brings to light the widespread need for help that is faced by the millions impacted by miscarriage, abortion and other reproductive losses. Life Perspectives changes the way that people think and talk about miscarriage and abortion, and creates traditions that focus on healing, remembrance and hope. Life Perspectives offers a safe place for those impacted by abortion and miscarriage to receive the support that they need.
About Life Perspectives
Life Perspectives® is the global leader in education, research, expertise and support after reproductive loss including miscarriage and abortion, without religious or political affiliation. Life Perspectives provides training and resources to health professionals including hospitals, medical professionals, therapists, social workers and pregnancy centers, as well as community and faith leaders. Life Perspectives is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, the California Board of Registered Nurses and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education. Life Perspectives is at the forefront of creating impartial and impactful research to understand the way individuals process reproductive losses, and to establish global standards for offering compassionate care. Life Perspectives also offers a safe place, without religious or political affiliation, for those impacted by miscarriage and abortion at MiscarriageHurts.com® and AbortionChangesYou.com®. For more information on Life Perspectives, visit www.lifeperspectives.com.