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Footprints on the Heart

The Footprints on the Heart Program helps families deal with the loss of a baby caused by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and newborn death. Grieving has no set time frame and varies from person to person. Take the time that is right for you. To help you cope, we provide a variety of support resources.

If you've experienced the loss of a baby, we can help.

Amy Creamer

Our program is led by Amy Creamer. Amy has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College.

She has been working with pregnant and postpartum women for over 8 years as a childbirth educator, doula and counselor. She leads support groups and offers individual counseling for patients who have experienced infant loss. 

Telephone / Email Support

Amy may be reached by phone at (716) 862-1678 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or by email at acreamer@chsbuffalo.org.

When you speak to Amy, she will:

  • Discuss with you the issues surrounding the loss of a baby
  • Find ways to help you cope with your feelings of loss
  • Teach you how you can memorialize your baby
  • Help you to find others who can also help with your journey towards healing

Facebook Follow our Facebook page for support, encouragement and links to additional resources.

Bereavement Education

Bereavement information is given to each family before they leave the hospital. This information is specific to your situation and is tailored to the type of loss experienced.

A lending library with grief and loss materials is also a part of this program. Our books cover topics such as coping with grief and loss, rituals and ways to remember your baby, grief of fathers and grandparents, siblings' grief and pregnancy after a loss.

These books are available during support hours. Please call before your arrival.

The lending library is located at the at the M. Steven Piver Center for Women's Health and Wellness (on the Sisters of Charity Hospital campus in Buffalo).


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Support Groups

Monthly support groups are offered to assist families while they mourn the loss of their baby. These groups can help grieving parents learn how to best remember their babies and understand the natural emotional reactions to loss.

By attending a support group, you will receive additional support from others who have experienced the loss of a baby, learn ways to cope and heal, and deal with the normal grieving emotions that are present after a perinatal loss and then fears during subsequent pregnancy.

The group that is right for you will depend on the type of loss you have experienced.

Footprints on the Heart

Footprints on the Heart is a group for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby through stillbirth (20 weeks onwards) or early infant death.

You are welcome to share your story, ask questions of other bereaved parents, and seek support/advise but also note that much is gained from just attending the group. No one will pressure you to talk. Just listening can be very helpful.

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Life Transition Center, Inc., located at 1140 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY.

No registration is required, but advanced notice is helpful for planning. If you are planning to attend, please call or email Amy Creamer at (716) 862-1678 or acreamer@chsbuffalo.org.

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart is a group for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Piver Center conference room. The conference room is the first room on the left when you walk into the building.

No registration is required, but advanced notice is helpful for planning. If you are planning to attend, please call or email Amy Creamer at (716) 862-1678 or acreamer@chsbuffalo.org.

Hopeful Hearts

Hopeful Hearts is a group for parents who are pregnant again after a previous pregnancy loss.

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Piver Center conference room. The conference room is the first room on the left when you walk into the building.

No registration is required, but advanced notice is helpful for planning. If you are planning to attend, please call or email Amy Creamer at (716) 862-1678 or acreamer@chsbuffalo.org.

We just found out that we lost our baby.

I had no signs or symptoms of miscarriage. We are devastated and slowly trying to heal, although it just doesn't seem possible right now. I went for the D & C Procedure at Sisters Hospital and was touched by the folder of information given to us. I am so happy that you and Sisters Hospital recognizes our precious baby as a real life and a real loss. The "dear friend" letter really comforted me, although I don't have enough strength yet to read the poem.

– Jessica

Newsletters

A bereavement newsletter, “Forget-Me-Not,” is available several times a year and includes information and resources, along with poems and stories written by grieving families and friends. Parents can read and share stories of their babies, find out about community events, and find local support groups and national websites to help in the mourning process.

The newsletter is delivered by mail to your home; a sign-up form is included in the bereavement information folder that you received at the hospital. You may also access the newsletter online at the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network website.

For more information, please contact Dawn Both-Kim at forgetmenotnewsletter@hotmail.com

Bereavement Memorial Events

Candlelight Memorial

A candlelight memorial service is an adults-only event held every January in the Sisters Hospital Chapel.   

Ornaments and a candle are given to couples as a token of our support, and readings and music are selected to honor, heal and remember precious babies gone too soon.

Invitations for this event are mailed to adults who have experienced a loss at Sisters Hospital and adults who have attended the Footprints on the Heart support groups within the past two to three years. Others are welcome to attend and should contact Amy Creamer at (716) 862-1678 for more information.

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Memorial Service

A memorial service is held in May and October at our memorial stone at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Ave. Kenmore, NY).

This non-denominational service honors and recognizes all babies who have been miscarried or who have died within the past six months.

Readings and songs provide support and acknowledge that the baby is valued, respected and remembered. Reservations are not needed.

Parents will receive an invitation by mail 2-3 weeks before the memorial service takes place. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Individuals who have not received an invitation but wish to attend should contact Amy Creamer at (716) 862-1678.

Walk to Remember

An annual Walk to Remember in October is a short walk that allows parents to come together to walk in memory of their beloved babies. The event is hosted by the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network and includes a tree planting, balloon release, and songs and readings.

For more information, please contact Christine Scott, Director of the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network, at (716) 626-6363.

Other Events

Other events by the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network include an Evening to Remember and a Parents Day Brunch to recognize those who have experienced a loss. For more information, please contact Christine Scott, Director of the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network, at (716) 626-6363.

Online Resources

Website Offers
Babies Remembered and Wintergreen Press Magazine, books, sharing corner
Facts about Miscarriage Memorials (online), education
First Candle Memorials, grief counselors (24/7)
A Heartbreaking Choice Articles for women who have terminiated wanted pregnancies
Honoring Our Angels Blog
Lancet's Stillbirth Series Education
MISS Foundation Support groups, newsletter, forums, videos, education
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc. Support groups, chat, message board, blog
Project Rachel (PDF) Prayers, healing services
Rachel's Vineyard (Healing After Abortion) Retreats, education
Star Legacy Foundation Memorials, education
Suggestions for Healing After a Baby Dies (PDF) Education
Sweet Pea Project Blanket donation program

Make a Donation

Our program is made possible by The Stevens Bereavement Fund. Gifts made to the fund are a living memorial in honor of the loss of a beloved baby. Please consider making a donation to assist other grieving families at the time of their loss.

More Information

For more information about our pregnancy loss support services, please contact Amy Creamer at (716) 862-1678 or acreamer@chsbuffalo.org.

Support will be provided to meet you and your family’s particular needs. You are not alone during this time and we would like to support you in any way we can.

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