I chose this topic this week because a friend of mine just lost her 4 month old daughter, and experiencing her sadness was almost more than I could bear – I cannot imagine what she is going through 😦
What I learned
I read a lot about the risk factors of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and how these can be reduced. I had not known until now that breastfeeding and using pacifiers have both been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. I also read articles about SIDS-related bereavement (http://www.sidsandkids.org.nz/bereavement-literature/), including how to be supportive as a friend or family member of someone affected by SIDS (parent, grandparent, sibling) – http://www.sidsandkids.org.nz/media/press/pdf/Family-and-Friends-NZ1415574266.pdf. I found the literature very moving as it included first-hand stories, and I feel I got some ideas to let my friend know I am there to support her (now, in the near future, and years down the line).
I made a donation to SIDS and Kids – http://www.sidsandkids.org.nz,