What is H.E.A.R.T.S.?
The H.E.A.R.T.S. Baby Loss Support Program is a specialized program for anyone touched by the loss of a precious baby during pregnancy or anytime after birth. It is located in the rural hamlet of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada ~ about 10 minutes from the capital city of Edmonton. Our program is open to any and all bereaved families in the Province of Alberta, and beyond. We have members from across Canada and around the World. Race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, financial status, choices or decisions made in pregnancy and during childbirth (including during a loss), parenting styles and family make up do not create a barrier to accessing our caring and compassionate support ~ ALL are welcome here.
Created in 1996 by two grieving families who both lost tiny babies before the end of their pregnancies (stillbirth and miscarriage), they realized that there were no programs or supports in their small community that they could tap into to heal from their unique experiences. Together they researched baby loss, created a unique name, a diverse curriculum and ran early focus groups before launching the full program to the community. Over the last 27 years, the H.E.A.R.T.S. Baby Loss Support Program has steadily grown to include local, regional, national and even international members.
H.E.A.R.T.S. is an acronym for "Helping Empty Arms Recover Through Sharing" and the focus of our program is to provide education, support, compassion and opportunities to meet other grieving baby loss parents. We offer registered workshops that are offered thru the year in person or online, as well as an Annual Baby Loss Retreat, an Annual Baby Steps Walk to Remember in the late Summer, an Annual Bridge Light honoring International Pregnancy and Infant Loss awareness day on October 15th, and an Annual Candle Light Memorial Service on the 2nd Sunday in December. We also offer individual and family counselling for families, at no cost, in person as well as with a virtual link or by phone.
Join us at any or all of these free events.
Details posted on this website and on our Social Media
as we create these special gatherings for individuals,
families and the community at large.
11th Annual Baby Steps Walk to Remember:
Sunday, August 20th, 2023
Visit www.babystepswalk.com for more information.
2nd Annual Baby Loss Retreat:
"Dreams Interrupted for Baby Loss"
Date and time to be announced
8th Annual High Level Bridge Lighting:
Sunday, October 15, 2023
Constable Ezio Farone Park @ dusk.
26th Annual Candle Light Memorial Service:
Sunday, December 10th, 2023
Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
Sherwood Park, Alberta.