Pastoral Care tips for Clergy/Parish Staff

Do you feel numb and in shock?...Heartbroken?...Frightened and alone?
...Are you considering carrying to term but uncertain how to find
resources and support?

Lily’s Gift is a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced or worked closely with issues surrounding poor prenatal diagnosis. Modeled and trained by Be Not Afraid SM,volunteers from Lily’s Gift offer a free service of practical guidance and compassionate care focusing on meeting the needs of expectant parents as they seek to honor the life of their baby no matter how frail or how brief.

We provide resource materials, assistance with writing birth plans, birth support persons as requested and referrals to other community-based services and support groups.

To expectant parents, we offer unique insight and sensitivity regarding such difficult issues as:
· maintaining hope when a prognosis is poor,
· sorting through medical decision making,
· grieving the loss of the anticipated baby,
· stillbirth and neonatal critical care.

For local support email:
For more information and other resources, visit

Lily's Gift is a collaboration of the Office for Persons with Disabilities,
the Office of Life and Family and Catholic Social Services
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.