The Impact of SIDS

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” 
(Psalm 34:18)

 

An Empty Nursery

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 and 12 months of age in America.
  • Studies have shown that the loss of a child, especially a sudden loss, is among the most traumatic, devastating losses for any individual or couple to experience. It affects the family for the rest of their lives.
  • The death of a child is often very taxing on a marriage and may increase a couple's risk for divorce or separation.
  • Families have no time to prepare (financially, emotionally, mentally, physically) for the sudden, unexpected death of a child. That's why SIDS America offers emotional and financial support to the ones who have been left behind.
  • Faced with the absence of an explainable cause, families struggle greatly with their need for understanding their baby’s tragic and sudden death. In their lifetime, they may never have all the answers. 
  • Because the cause of death remains unexplained, even when autopsy reveals no other possible or known cause, parents struggle with feelings of guilt and responsibility for the death of their child. The “what ifs” permeate the parents’ thoughts as they desperately seek to explain their child’s death and consider whether there was anything they could do to prevent the tragedy.
  • SIDS, thankfully, is a rare occurrence, but that brings no relief to the families who do lose a child to SIDS. Parents often feel isolated and lonely, as it is not common among family and friends to find others who can personally relate to their loss.