You were ready to welcome a new life into this world. Then, the unimaginable occurred. We are truly sorry for your loss. We are here to help, and to remind you that you are not alone. Please read the qualifications below to see if you can apply for financial assistance.
How to Apply
The Securing End-of-Life Expenses (SEOLE), pronounced “soul,” program provides assistance with autopsy, funeral, burial and cremation expenses. Funding is sent to the service provider (i.e. funeral home). Families complete a brief “REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE” form and submit an itemized invoice/estimate from the service provider.
The Grief Recovery Assistance Program (GRASP), provides funding for uninsured and underinsured families pursuing counseling services to work through the grief of stillbirth. Families complete a brief “REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE” form and submit an itemized invoice/estimate from the service provider.
Your compassion serves as a light shining through the darkness for families of stillborn children. ANA appreciates your efforts to provide comfort and hope to bereaved families. Through education and training opportunities, advice and resources, we are here to support you.
GRIEF EDUCATION PROGRAMS
ANA offers free programs to educate the public and service providers about grief related to infant death. The presentation first addresses the psychological issues of bereavement, explains the stages of grief and provides information about grief and mourning specific to infant death. It then provides practical applications designed specifically for the audience. Employers and employees learn how to create a work environment that is simultaneously productive and supportive for both the grieving family and coworkers. Funeral directors learn how to structure their end-of-life services to meet the needs of bereaved parents. Healthcare providers learn how to provide services that address the unique needs of families who must endure birth and death simultaneously. And friends and family learn how to support those who have endured a miscarriage or stillbirth.
ANA’s Grief Education Program is approved by the NYS Department of Health for one CEU for funeral directors.
To request this free program contact ANA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 654-2411.
ANA distributes MEMORY BOXES to hospitals upon request. The boxes are given to families of stillborn babies upon delivery at the hospital. These keepsake boxes contain comfort items such as handmade baby blankets, hand and footprint materials, journals, photo albums and angel bears.
END STILLBIRTH FUND
An important goal of ANA is to raise money for stillbirth research. ANA believes research will lead to a better understanding, and a decrease in the occurrence of stillbirth. ANA dispersed its first RESEARCH GRANT in February 2008.