How We Help

We seek to offer support, hope, and empathy in the form of resources, photography, support group and more.

baskets

baskets

We gift baskets to families enduring stillbirth or neonatal death in the Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Hanover, Hershey, Waynesboro, Schuylkill, Mt. Nittany, Carlisle and York Hospitals. Our baskets include, but are not limited to, a stuffed bear, CD, books about infant loss, a journal, soothing tea, lotion, a hand-knit hat and blanket, a remembrance angel, camera, matching mom and baby bracelets from Jewelry Designs by Angels, resource information, a baby book specific to infant loss, teeny tears diaper sets, a hope butterfly, comfort heart, and more.

support group

support group

Join us in tears, laughter, support, and dear friendship. These groups are for any parentps who has experienced the loss of their child through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. This group includes nights of guest speakers, holiday groups, events specific for men and women, and more. Support persons are welcome to help families attend their first meeting.

Chambersburg Location

All Chambersburg are groups are held at our new location! 77 Horst Avenue (main entrance is on Edgar Avenue), Chambersburg, PA 17201. In August, September, and October our main group will meet at the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring in Chambersburg, PA. Our grandparents, Stitches, gowns, rainbows, and faith based will meet at our building. For a full listing of groups please email sweetgraceministries@gmail.com or visit our events section. Our main group is held every second Thursday of the month at 6pm. This group is facilitated by Katy Dortenzo who has experienced the loss of her daughter due to stillbirth.

Harrisburg Location

This group is held the second Monday of every month at 6pm. We meet in the lower level of the Devonshire Memorial Brethren In Christ Church, 5630 Devonshire Road Harrisburg, PA 17112. This group is facilitated by Betsy Felix who has experienced several miscarriages of her own. Betsy is also the Hershey Hospital Coordinator for Sweet Grace Ministries.

Schuylkill Location

This group is held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm. We meet at The Lykens Valley Bible Church, lower level, 727 Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048. This group is facilitated by Becky Underkoffler-Webster who has experienced a miscarriage of her own.

York Location

This group is held the first Thursday of every month at 6pm. We meet in the coffee house of the Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17404. This group is facilitated by Nina Ball and Amber Street who have both experienced losses of their own.

miscarriage bags

miscarriage bags

In partnership with Jewelry Designs by Angels, we gift bags to families enduring ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages in the Chambersburg, Carlisle, Gettysburg, Hanover, York, Mt. Nittany, Schuylkill, and Waynesboro Hospitals. *they are also available at our Hershey Support Group Location. Our miscarriage bags include a resource card, JDA bracelet, note, chocolate, bookmark, teeny tears diaper, and pocket angel.

sweet grace gowns

sweet grace gowns

As part of our support services, we offer beautiful handmade burial outfits made from donated wedding gowns. For more information on how to donate a gown please email, sweetgracegowns@gmail.com. Sweet Grace Gown Night is held every 4th Thursday at 77 Horst Avenue (main entrance to building is on Edgar Avenue), Chambersburg, PA 17201. This group is specifically for those interested in donating their time and talents to creating these beautiful gowns. No skill required but certainly welcomed. If you are a family who has received a fatal diagnosis and would like to request to have a burial gown available upon delivery, please contact Sweet Grace via email sweetgraceministries@gmail.com or phone, 717-414-7772.

photography

photography

HOSPITALS - to request Sweet Grace Photography Services, please our Photography Dispatch number, 717-347-6248.

Sweet Grace Ministries coordinates our own photography program. These volunteer photographers will provide professional photographs for those enduring loss in the hospital. This will allow better integration between photography and the resources provided to the families we serve in and outside the hospital. All of our services are free of charge.

Photographers can apply to Lexi Fretz (Sweet Grace Photography Coordinator) via lexifretz@comcast.com for more information and to receive an application. Photographers will receive training from our staff and families who have endured stillbirth/neonatal death. Although this is not an easy calling, we believe there are individuals in our area who have the heart and calling to complete this part of our ministry.

If you are a family who has received a fatal diagnosis and are looking to connect to a photographer before birth please email us.

counseling and mentor couples

counseling and mentor couples

Couples or individuals who attend our support group may require or request additional counseling for themselves or as a couple. Sweet Grace Ministries has connected with several counselors in our area who we feel may best meet your needs while grieving the loss of your sweet baby. In addition, we aim to connect you with a couple that may have a similar story. These individuals may be able to walk more closely with you and intimately understand your journey. Please call or email to receive this information.