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Bereavement Working Group

Welcome to the Bereavement Working Group, otherwise known as BeWG. We hope you find the information on this page useful.

Who are we?

The Bereavement Working Group (BeWG) is currently relaunching with ISA board member Dimitrios Siassakos of University College London as chair. As is true of all ISA working groups, membership of the BeWG will include bereaved parents, clinicians and researchers. If you think you might be interested in joining us, please contact us.

What do we do?

In the BeWG, we will be focused on improving access to and quality of care for all those affected by stillbirth and neonatal death: bereaved mothers and fathers, other bereaved family members, and those who care for bereaved families, including nurses, obstetricians, and midwives. BeWG activities will include networking with other organizations whose missions include bereavement support, supporting research on standards for bereavement care, and integrating the needs and concerns of low- and middle-income countries into action for bereavement care support. If you have expertise in any of these areas, we would like to hear from you!

We are looking forward to beginning regular meetings as we formalize our activities. For now, we want you to know a little bit more about some important recent action related to global bereavement support.

Please read on to learn more–and let us know what you think about our work through Twitter #EndStillbirths @ISAStillbirth or on our Facebook page (don’t forget to like us!).

Resources: The RESPECT Study for consensus on global bereavement care after stillbirth

We create meaningful connections for our members around the world.

Global impact

We seek out partnerships on every continent to realize our mission of ending preventable deaths and ensuring respectful care


We work with our member organizations to connect people locally across the globe and thereby improve standards of care within their region.

Saving Lives

By unifying the work being done in research, clinical practice and communities, we are helping reduce the unacceptably high loss of lives through stillbirth.

Data Driven

We support rigorous scientific research to ensure effective action for stillbirth and newborn death prevention and bereavement support.