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Program Provides Hope and Solace to Bereaved Parents in the Jewish Community

01/25/2009

Jewish families who experience pregnancy or infant loss can now turn to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for comfort through a new bereavement support group called NECHAMA. This new program is specifically tailored to meet the varied needs of bereaved parents in the Jewish community.

“Pregnancy and infant loss is a devastating experience that can be further complicated by the many logistical aspects related to death within the Jewish faith,” said Rachel Dube, Jewish Community Liaison for Englewood Hospital. “NECHAMA aims to comfort bereaved families by creating a peer group setting that will help them to address their loss and identify the steps towards healing.”

NECHAMA, which translates to “comfort” in Hebrew, is the only program of its kind in Northern New Jersey and was developed by Dube and Reva Judas, a certified chaplain and mother who has experienced both pregnancy and infant loss, in response to the lack of Jewish support programs for families mourning pregnancy or infant loss.

Judas first approached Dube when it became apparent that families within the community did not have an outlet to dispel their grief. Together, they developed NECHAMA as a pilot eight-week series that will eventually become a permanent monthly support group to provide support service to families that experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. The program is open to all NJ/NY area Jewish families regardless of their level of religious observance, hospital affiliation or length of time since the loss.

The program was created in partnership with The Living Room, a Health, Wellness and Healing Center at Jewish Family Service of Bergen. All groups are led by Certified Bereavement Facilitators and will feature guest speakers that will provide parents with expertise, guidance and support to navigate through this most difficult time.

NECHAMA will meet every Wednesday from 8 pm – 9:30 pm starting January 28th and continuing through March 18th. There is a nominal fee of $54. Participants will be provided with light refreshments, complimentary parking and can join anytime during the eight-week series.

For more information, please contact Rachel Dube at 201.894.3911 or via email at Rachel.Dube@ehmc.com.