Central New York Regional Office
The death of a baby is a devastating experience for every family. When a baby dies, the future is affected, lives are forever changed and hopes and dreams are shattered. The pain is compounded by endless self-searching questions, feelings of helplessness, anger, and guilt.
Many parents seek help in their time of crisis and search for answers to their many questions. Grieving grandparents, foster parents, siblings, childcare providers, family members and friends want to know how to cope with this tragedy.
Faced with intense and confusing feelings, families need to know that they are not alone in their loss. Information, guidance and support are available from those who understand their pain.
The Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center (SICD) coordinates statewide services from a main office at Stony Brook University and from regional offices serving Eastern, Central and Western New York and New York City.
The SICD provides comprehensive professional support to families whose infants die suddenly and unexpectedly of any cause.
Family Service Programs:
- Literature and referrals
- Bereavement counseling offered by telephone, as well as home visits.
Home visits are offered to newly bereaved parents. A public health nurse can meet with family members in the privacy of their home to offer bereavement support, answer health-related questions and share information about local resources.
- Parent to Parent contacts
Professional and Community Programs:
We offer educational programs to professionals and the community at large to increase public awareness and knowledge about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Infant Mortality and Risk Reduction Methods.
Consultation services are available to professional and community members seeking help for bereaved families. The Center provides assistance with family crisis intervention and referral to local bereavement support services.