Each year, more than 4,000 infants die in the United States due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID). Kentucky had 75 deaths attributed to SIDS in 2008, and usually ranks first or second in the nation for SIDS cases. These numbers could be even higher as they do not include the more recent designation of Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child (SUDC).
On October 30, 2010, we lost our six-week old son, Griffin, to SUID. While trying to cope with our devastating loss, we found very few options for grieving families looking for information on SUID, available research data, counseling options, or support groups. Specifically, we were unable to find these resources in Lexington. This need led us to create Griffin’s Gift – The Gift of Hope to provide hope, support and resources to Kentucky parents, families, and friends after they have experienced the unexpected death of a child.
As part of our mission, we will be hosting a monthly peer-led support group at the following times and location:
Griffin’s Gift Support Group
(for anyone touched by SIDS, SUID or SUDC)
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 – from 7:00 – 8:30
(with monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday thereafter)
Southland Christian Church
5001 Harrodsburg Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Building B, Room 108/110
For more information, visit www.southlandchristian.org/care
Or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions will include informal discussions as well as more specific discussions led by a variety of speakers with expertise on this topic – including counselors, physicians, EMT personnel, police officers and coroners.
Also, we are looking for volunteers who may be interested in speaking at one of our upcoming meetings. For more information, contact Aneisa or Geoff Hall at 859-887-4159 or e-mail email@example.com.