School navigation

Continuing Education

Navigating the Loss of a Wished-for Child: Grief in Pregnancy and Infant Death

Date: 11:30am PDT April 4 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

One of the most difficult losses a family can experience is the loss of a wished-for child. It is commonly sudden and unexpected, and the bereaved may be young and/or inexperienced in the process of grief.

Society’s expectation that this is simply a medical misfortune often stands in contradiction to the family’s experience of it being a death and a tragedy.  Though we cannot diminish the pain that comes from this loss, we can minimize the roadblocks that may complicate parents’ grief. 

In this workshop, presenter Pat Schweibert will:

  • Describe how various types of child loss (age/cause) may affect family members, including parents, siblings, and grandparents;
  • List special concerns that may affect parents;
  • Identify how the myths of grief can make the bereaved family feel disenfranchised;
  • Explain how to create safe places for parents to grieve;
  • Understand how the death of a baby may impact future pregnancies;
  • Describe ways to support persons experiencing this kind of grief.

NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support is a non-profit organization that exists to promote quality death education and bereavement support for professionals and the greater community.

Details & Registration

Date & Time: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., end at 1 p.m., with networking from 1-1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Patricia Lee Schwiebert, RN 

Noncredit: $30, includes 2 CEUs or PDUs.

Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free. 2 CEUs or PDUs available for $15. View NWADEBS membership information

Students and L&C Staff: Free (Contact to register)
Student and Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended

Advance registration is preferred, however, walk-in registrations will be accepted. Payment can be made by credit card or check. View Parking Information

Register now

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Instructor

With more than forty years of experience working with grieving individuals and groups, Pat is proud to be the founder and creative director of Grief Watch.  Pat is the author of many books, including Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss, We Were Gonna Have a Baby…But Had An Angel Instead, and When Hello Means Goodbye, in addition to creating a number of other resources to help those who are grieving. Pat has spent most of her nursing career as a midwife to both those who are giving birth to their babies and those transitioning out of life. She has accompanied 38 friends in their dying at the Peace House and many other friends in their own homes.

  • New events are added to our calendar regularly. For the latest on events related to your specific interests, sign up to receive periodic updates by email and/or mail.