Historic Event Shares Groundbreaking Research and Best Practices

SAN DIEGO (December 13, 2022) – The Institute of Reproductive Grief Care, the global leader in reproductive grief care research and education, today announced its historic, first Symposium on reproductive grief care.

The Symposium takes place at the Institute’s San Diego headquarters on March 24, 2023. It brings together professionals from across the academic, healthcare and business sectors, to learn and share groundbreaking research and best practices related to pregnancy loss, reproductive loss and reproductive grief care.

“We’re excited to announce our very first Symposium,” said Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg, president and CEO of the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care. “This is the next step in transforming cultural attitudes and healthcare practices that impact those experiencing reproductive loss.”

In addition to guest speakers and multiple panels, Symposium attendees will be among the first to learn of the Institute’s new Emergency Department Program, and it’s early, but dramatic and impressive, results addressing a critical practice gap in patient care. This Program transforms how Emergency Department personnel respond to the emotional trauma of reproductive loss, including hands-on experience implementing effective grief care strategies utilizing interdisciplinary teams.


The Institute is accepting personal and corporate sponsorships for the Symposium. Sponsors will help the Institute expand education, research and awareness related to pregnancy loss and reproductive grief, and to bring comfort and hope to millions.


The Institute’s Symposium Poster Committee is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for poster presentations from researchers, scholars and practitioners. 

This is an excellent opportunity to highlight published research, a current research project or other initiative related to reproductive grief care, and to share work with some of the most influential and brightest minds in the global reproductive grief care community.

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2023 with finalists being notified February 15th. See the Symposium website for details.

Finalists will be asked to create posters that will be displayed throughout the Symposium. The winner will be announced during the Symposium luncheon.

“We look forward to presenting groundbreaking research, new and exciting ideas, and an impressive array of speakers,” added Fredenburg. “This is a Symposium that can’t be missed!”


We bring to light the widespread need for help that is faced by the millions impacted by miscarriage and other pregnancy and reproductive losses. We change the way that people think and talk about reproductive loss, and create traditions that focus on healing, remembrance and hope. We offer a safe place, for those impacted, to receive the support that they need in kindness and without judgement.


The Institute of Reproductive Grief Care is the global expert in reproductive grief care. We offer education, research, expertise and support after pregnancy and reproductive loss. Our goal is to accelerate the widespread adoption of a reproductive grief standard of care, bringing comfort and hope to millions who are suffering, often alone and in silence.

The Institute provides education and resources to healthcare professionals including hospitals, medical professionals, therapists, social workers and pregnancy centers, as well as community  leaders. We are accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as a Continuing Education Provider. We are also approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.

The Institute is at the forefront of creating impartial and impactful research to understand the way individuals process reproductive losses, and to establish global standards for offering compassionate care. We also promote the research of others to better understand grief after reproductive loss and to close practice gaps in medicine.

Additionally, the Institute offers healing resources directly to those who are impacted, including our “Forget Me Not Signature Collection” of sympathy cards, jewelry and comfort boxes, all featuring the “Forget Me Not” flower as a symbol of remembrance and respect. These are available for sale at the shop on  All proceeds go directly to helping those impacted.

Located in San Diego, the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care is also an active campus where organizations and individuals come together for education, research, and healing of grief after reproductive loss. Our new facility features a counseling center, research library, teaching rooms, recording studio, a 400-seat auditorium with remote capabilities and office space for visiting scholars and the team of this growing organization. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information visit