Parents Orphelins represent thousands of parents across Québec who experience or have experienced a pregnancy and infant loss.
It is through the experiences and stories of parents that we have managed to target the most common questions we ask ourselves when we live such a tragedy. So, we offer you mutual support through various services, including helping you find what might facilitate your journey through this ordeal, respecting your needs, your values and your personality.
We offer services for parents grieving from pregnancy and infant loss, for relatives and for health care professionals, and we provide province wide information.
Informal exchanges, respectful and comforting with a good coffee and snacks: the opportunity for sharings among parents grieving from pregnancy or infant loss at Montréal. For dates of upcoming gathering, consult our schedule.
Online support and Help line
You have a question, you want to subscribe to one of our activities or you need the attentive ear of a parent who experienced pregnancy or infant loss? Do not hesitate to call our help line. We will call you back within 24 to 48 hours.
Events are offered occasionally for bereaved parents and their families, such as documentary projections related to pregnancy and infant bereavement, craft activities, thematic workshops and more. Please refer to our schedule.
The purpose of the annual Candle Walk is to lay a positive gesture of awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer bereaved parents a moment of support in the journey of their grief. Parents gather to commemorate their baby but also to highlight the Québec Awareness Day of pregnancy and infant loss (October 15).
It was in October 2014 that Parents Orphelins organized its very first Candle Walk. The event gathered about forty people, grieving families and relatives, supporters and health care professionals. It took place near the Rivière des Prairies in Montréal and allowed everyone to make peace with life under a beautifully shiny sunset sky and ideal weather.
The event was greatly appreciated by participants who expressed the desire that this “celebration-tribute” becomes an annual tradition. According to Marilou Bourassa, novelist who attended the walk, “the organizers have wisely implemented strong symbols to give participants a lovely opportunity to make peace with life.”
On a beautiful October evening, nearly 200 people gathered for the third edition of our Candle Walk.
Karine offered a speech based on her column.
Look at the pictures of the 3rd edition.ALBUM
The 4th Edition
On the occasion of our 4th edition, more than 250 gathered as of 5:30 pm at Maisonneuve Park’s Schack. The walk took on a new route and was followed by a comforting ceremony with Marie-Élaine Thibert as guest spokesperson.
Look at the pictures and the video of the 4th edition.ALBUMVIDEO
We were pleased to welcome close to 300 guests at our 5th Candle Walk in Maisonneuve Park in Montréal. Thanks for joinining us!
Thanks to Mélanie Gagné, our guest spokesperson and Geneviève Beaupré for sharing a loving testitomy with us.
Thanks to our volonteers who helped us making this event a success.
Support in the procedures
Parents Orphelins offers personalized services to parents in need, to help them by email in their efforts such as regional resource searches, funeral planning, repatriation of a medical record, etc. To apply, please contact us.
It is a quick and effective way to learn more about the activities and services of Parents Orphelins, to obtain information related to pregnancy and infant loss in Québec and exchange with other members. It is also the access to reports, testimonials and articles on the pregnancy and infant bereavement.
We also invite you to visit our PO-Thèque on Pinterest where you will find a directory of books on pregnancy and infant grief.
Each individual is unique and has his own needs and his own pace of mourning, but we suggest ways to encourage you to perform acts of compassion towards parents you know that are experiencing pregnancy and infant loss on our Facebook page campaign and Twitter feed.
Informal exchanges, respectful and comforting with a good coffee and snacks: the opportunity for sharings among parents grieving from pregnancy or infant loss.