Recent discussion and news coverage about the way presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his family memorialized the short life of their newborn baby several years ago has brought attention to the issue of newborn bereavement and shown that the importance honoring the lives of newborns is not widely understood. Every year there are around 19,000 neonatal deaths (within the first 28 days) in the U.S. Behind each of those deaths is a family trying to make sense out of what happened. Our job as nurses is to help however we can as they grieve their loss. So, to help shed… Read more.