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Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS) Offers Scholarship for Class

PHS learned today about a resource that may of be interest to some of our families. Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to offering support, education and resources to parents, families, friends and professionals on the death of a child in early pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, etc) or from stillbirth, premature birth, neo-natal death, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), illness, accidents, and all other types of infant & early childhood death.

The information below is directly from IRIS and talks about a class that deals with grief and is recommended to family and caregivers.  There are scholarships available for those who cannot afford the class.  It will be held at the Gainey Center in Owatonna (very nice place).

Although PHS is not directly associated with IRIS, nor have we attended this class, we w anted to share the resource with our families.

When: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 1:00pm until Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 5:00pm

Thanks to a NEW generous donation, We now have $5,000 in SCHOLARSHIPS! If you need assistance to get this training please email us at Include in your email: an explanation of why you requesting the scholarship, how you plan to use the training, your name, address, email address & phone number.

Infants Remembered In Silence (IRIS) – – invites you to Help Grieving Families who have a child die. Learning how, why, and the unique techniques that make IRIS programming work. We have been using the techniques that will be tough at this conference for 25 years with breathtaking results! Please Share the news about this Wonderful Event! Visit: for full brochure and ONLINE Registration!

It’s against the laws of nature for a child to die before their parents. In the past it was considered taboo to see, hold, touch, or talk about your child that had died. Today we know that seeing, holding, touching, and talking about the child is the beginning of healing, the beginning of moving forward, the beginning of lovingly remembering this precious child. IRIS Advocates work directly with parents, granting them permission to cry, to grieve, to ask questions, and assist them in creating memories that will last a lifetime. As an IRIS Advocate Trainee, you will be attending training workshops on:

  • Parents & Grandparents Point of View: what’s requested and needed, Q & A
  • Doula services for grieving parents
  • Preservation of the child’s body
  • Autopsies
  • Keepsakes
  • Dealing with Families: immediate and extended
  • Support Groups – Listening with your heart
  • Self Care for Advocate
  • Legal Requirements and documentation
  • Reality, where do we go from here?
  • Getting advocate services into Hospitals/Funeral home

Who Should Attend?

  • Those who have experienced an infant loss themselves and wish to improve the journey for those who currently grieve the death of a child
  • Health care professionals
  • Funeral directors
  • Others who wish to support grieving families
  • And interested persons from across the United States and around the World

Conference Goals & Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the overwhelming impact infant loss has on parents, grandparents, family, friends & coworkers.
  • To provide you with the skills and confidence to work with grieving parents and professional staff.
  • To train you in methods appropriate for working with these precious infants/children.
  • To teach you skills to create lasting memories with/without the parents participation.
  • Upon fulfilling the requirements and standards as established by Infants Remembered In Silence you will be qualified as an IRIS Certified Advocate (ICA).

Online Registration Is OPEN!

Remember, Our blueprint for success is simple:
Small class sizes, one-on-one attention, instructors with “Real-World” experiences in the field with a hands-on approach to learning.

Love the Cause, but Unable to Attend …
You are welcome to participate by making a tax deductible contribution to IRIS a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Originally published: January 19, 2012