Our Programs

Baby Loss Support Group: 

We offer monthly Baby Loss Support Group Meetings that connect families to others that have experienced the loss of a baby so they don’t feel so isolated and alone as they grieve, they can be supported by others that understand. This group is open to families that have experienced the loss of a baby to late miscarriage, medical termination, stillbirth, neonatal death up to 1 year of age and SIDS. It’s important to us that our Angel Whispers dads feel as well supported as the moms and therefore meetings are co-facilitated by a bereaved father so the dads that attend have someone to relate to. Our group meetings provide a safe place for families to share as much or as little as they are comfortable sharing, we honour each individual family’s story and recognize each baby. We provide a supportive environment to share where tears are always welcome.

Meeting the first Sunday evening of each month* in Sherwood Park at the Family and Community Services Office (401 Festival Lane) in Sherwood Park.  Please come to the north/library entrance to meet our facilitator who will bring you upstairs for the meeting. *Meeting dates may change in the event of a long weekend or holiday.

Please contact Lori-Ann at (780)998-5595 ext. 225 or (780)974-7054 to register.
Upcoming meeting dates

Miscarriage Support Group: 

We offer monthly Miscarriage Support Group Meetings that gives families that have experienced the loss of a baby to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy or blighted ovum an opportunity to connect with others that have experienced similar losses. Miscarriage loss is misunderstood and families are often provided with very little support and are left to grieve in silence. This group gives families an opportunity to be with others that understand and are provided with unconditional support. Our group meetings provide a safe place for families to share as much or as little as they are comfortable sharing, we honour each individual family’s story and recognize each baby. We provide a supportive environment to share where tears are always welcome.

Meetings are help the second Sunday evening of each month* at the Families First office in Fort Saskatchewan (9901-90St.). *Meeting dates may change in the evening of a long weekend or holiday.

Please contact Lori-Ann at (780)998-5595 ext. 225 or (780)974-7054 to register.

One on One Support: 

One on One Support is available for families in the capital region, giving bereaved families individualized grief support. Families are provided with a care package and given an opportunity to share their story and receive one on one or couple support. At this time we discuss what supports and services we provide and best determine how Angel Whispers can meet their needs as they grieve. For families that require more intensive support we can provide referrals to other professionals & agencies within the city and surrounding areas. We want to ensure that each family’s individual needs are met. For families that require more intensive support we can provide referrals to other professionals & agencies within the city and surrounding areas. We want to ensure that each family’s needs are met. For families that live in an area where no other supports are available we can provide email & telephone support.

To arrange for one on one support, contact Lori-Ann at (780)998-5595 ext. 225.

Understanding your Grief Workshop: 

Angel Whispers offers an Understanding your Grief Workshop, a series of 6 weekly classes helping you to understand your grief. Topics include:

  • Normal emotions of grief
  • Myths about grief
  • Grief vs. Mourning
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Reaching out for help
  • Healing your broken heart

This curriculum based group is offered a few times/year. Registration is required. Please contact Lori-Ann at (780)998-5595 ext. 225 for upcoming workshop dates and to register.

Subsequent Pregnancy Support Group:

Our subsequent pregnancy meeting is offered for families who are joyfully (yet anxiously) pregnant after previously experiencing the loss of a baby.  Becoming pregnant again can be a very stressful time when parents fear they will lose another baby.  We offer support from parents who have had a successful pregnancy after experiencing the loss of a baby.  Subsequent pregnancy meetings are held on the second Sunday of every month*

Upcoming meeting dates
*Meeting dates may change in the event of a long weekend or holiday. **CONTACT LORI-ANN FOR MEETING LOCATION**
Please contact Lori-Ann at (780)998-5595 ext. 225 or (780)974-7054 to register.

Rainbow Connection:

The Rainbow Connection provides families who have had a Rainbow baby an opportunity to stay connected with other families they have met along their journey and share their experiences in parenting a Rainbow baby while honoring and remembering their Angel babies. Grief is a lifelong journey, grief doesn’t end when a new baby is born. In fact bringing that new baby home can often cause mixed emotions and bring up many intense feelings as families realize the experiences they missed out on with the baby they lost. Families are encouraged to continue their grief journey amongst other families that understand the struggle between balancing grief with the excitement and joy of raising a rainbow baby. This group is a less formal setting where children are welcome to join their parents and the group meets less often than our regular support group meetings.
Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for upcoming dates!

Healing Hands:

Healing Hands is an afternoon devoted to creative healing. This creative outlet allows for the mourning that is so critically important to be able to heal. It allows us to take the grief we feel inside and convert it into mourning when we express our grief through the arts. We make a special heartfelt keepsake at each workshop in memory of our babies. This workshop is an opportunity to bring bereaved families together in a safe environment where they are encouraged to share with others. These workshops are held quarterly with registration.

These workshops are held quarterly with registration.  We focus on offering a special heartfelt project for each workshop.

Upcoming Workshop dates

Contact Lori-Ann at (780)998-5595 ext. 225 to register or upcoming Healing Hands workshops.

Quarterly Newsletter:

Our quarterly newsletter is available every spring, summer, winter and fall.  Each newsletter edition is focused around a particular topic related to baby loss. Included in the newsletters are family’s stories of baby loss, information on how to cope, healing opportunities, upcoming fundraisers & meeting information.  Maybe there is a writer inside of you!  We are always looking for new story ideas and poetry.  If you would like to be put on our email list, or have a story idea, please contact us.

Care Packages:

A special care package can be mailed out to families who have experienced a loss.  We include previous newsletters, suggestions for coping with baby loss, information on the Angel Whispers program, as well as a special keepsake.  If you would like to receive a care package or know someone who would, please contact us with your mailing address.

There is no cost for the care packages, however we do appreciate donations as we are a non-funded program and rely on individual donations and fundraisers to sustain our services to grieving families. If you would like to make a donation you can do so through CanadaHelps – www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fort-saskatchewan-families-first-society/. Please ensure you click on Angel Whispers in the drop down menu to ensure your donation reaches our program and include your name. A tax receipt will be issued to you through Canada Helps.

Birth Certificate Keepsakes:

Beautiful birth certificates are available to remember your baby.  If you would like to receive a birth certificate keepsake, email the information for the certificate to angelwhispers@familiesfirstsociety.ca.

Please include the following information:

  • baby’s name
  • parents’ names
  • date of birth (e.g., August 10, 2009)
  • place of birth (home/hospital and city)
  • mailing address

Thank you so much for your request for an Angel Whispers birth certificate keepsake. We are overwhelmed by the tremendous number of requests we have received recently for Angel Whispers Birth Certificate keepsakes, we are honoured that these cherished certificates bring so much comfort to grieving families. Angel Whispers is a non-funded program and relies heavily on individual donations and fundraisers to sustain our services to grieving families. Because we do not have long term sustainable funding, the future of our program is always uncertain. The incredible number of certificate and care package requests has put a financial strain on our program and so effective September 1st, 2014 we are asking for a $10 donation to the program to cover the cost of a birth certificate keepsake. Thank you for your understanding!

To make a donation you can do so through CanadaHelps – www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fort-saskatchewan-families-first-society/ . Please click on Angel Whispers in the drop down menu to ensure your donation reaches our program and include your name in the memo. A tax receipt will be issued to you through CanadaHelps.

Resource Library:

Our library includes various resources on baby loss and subsequent pregnancy.  Included are videos, books, and pamphlets on baby loss, as well as resources specifically for children/siblings and grandparents.  The library can be accessed during meeting times.  We are always grateful for the donation of resources.  If you would like to donate a book in memory of your baby, we will put a special nameplate on the book to memorialize your angel.  For more information, please send us an email.

Zoe’s Memory Boxes:

Angel Whispers is honored to offer Zoe’s Memory Boxes. Zoe Reta Mary Steiner was born with angel wings on August 4, 2006.  Her parent’s Rob & Shelley honored Zoe by creating keepsake boxes in her memory. Zoe’s legacy continues on through this program.

If you would like to receive one of these beautiful keepsake boxes, please contact us at 780-998-5595, ext. 225 or via email at angelwhispers@familiesfirstsociety.ca. As we do not have government funding to operate our program, we rely on donations, fundraising and grants to sustain our services. We do not have enough funds in our operating budget to continue to mail the memory boxes to families at no cost. We are therefore asking for a donation of $20 to cover the cost of postage to send your memory box to you. You can send the donation through Canada Helps www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fort-saskatchewan-families-first-society/. A tax receipt will be provided. Please ensure you click on Angel Whispers in the drop down menu to ensure your donation reaches our program and include Angel Whispers memory box in the memo along with your name. Thank you for your donation and for your understanding.