Grief training for the professionals

The grieving process after losing a child can be an endless one, but one organization is trying to ease the pain.

Tuesday kicked off the beginning of a three day session. The topic is Compassionate Caregiving When a Baby Dies. The Nation Share Organization brought this event to our area to help educate about the loss of a baby during pregnancy and infancy.

Sometimes people are faced with a difficult death of a loved one early on in life.

That's when they need to find someone to talk to.

"These situations happen and they catch us off guard. And they aren't easy. We want to make the right impression on the parents that lost the baby," Christy Woodward with Blessing Hospital said.

"Share" puts on training sessions for nurses, doctors, ministers, and social workers.

The goal of these sessions is to help them help others in a time of crisis.

"What we are trying to do is raise awareness in professionals and for families to know we have support. It may be families are out there with a grieving experience 20 years ago. And they would still like someone to sit and talk to, so we can have support groups and one on one to help people into counseling that may need it," Linda Dinges with Hannibal Regional Hospital said.

Blessing Hospital, Hannibal Regional Hospital, and John Wood Community College teamed up to help make this event possible.

The event included a presentation from the former Director of Share, Cathi Lammert.

"Some parents have deep despair symptoms. Some have little depression."

Share is based out of Saint Charles Missouri.

They don't usually come to this neck of the woods, but it is important to offer this training around the Tri-States.

"The nurses are going to be in the front line. Whether they work on an Obi floor, they may experience this if they work in the emergency room they may learn what it's like to care for someone who just lost their baby," Woodward said.

Money raised from this event helps support creating a Share Supervisor in the area. If you missed Tuesday's session, you still have a chance to get informed.

There will be another two sessions Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is held on John Wood Community College's campus at the Paul Heath Memorial Auditorium.