Denise M. Paul MA, CT, CPLC
About

Denise Paul lives in Lower Gwynedd, PA and specializes in Grief Counseling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from LaSalle University and earned her Master of Arts degree at Arcadia University in Counseling Psychology, with a certification in Elementary School Counseling. Earlier in her career she spent many years as a Hospice volunteer for both Wissahickon Hospice and Holy Redeemer Hospice. Denise is certified in Thanatology (Death and Grief Studies), and served for 13 years as the Group Specialist at Peter’s Place, a Center for Grieving Children in Radnor, PA. Denise has expertise in facilitating grief support groups for both children and adults who have had a significant loss. She speaks at various schools, hospitals, churches, and funeral homes on the topic of death. Denise volunteers her time on the Grief Committee of St. Alphonsus Church in Maple Glen, PA and offers support to parishioners who have lost a loved one. She serves as the Director of Facilitators for UNITE, Inc., a non-profit organization that offers grief support to parents experiencing miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and early infant death. Her most cherished work is as the Perinatal Loss Grief Specialist at Holy Redeemer Hospital, where she ministers to families in the Labor and Delivery Room at the time of their loss, by helping to make memories of the short time spent with their baby. Bereavement photography is a skill that Denise respectfully uses to capture precious memories of a baby and their family. She facilitates a monthly support group at the hospital to offer parents ongoing grief support. Denise is proud to hold a Certification in Perinatal Loss Care, and offers trainings for Labor & Delivery and Emergency Department staff on the topic of Perinatal Loss. She is a member of the Ethics Committee and the Palliative Care team at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Her passion is to improve the grief journey of those parents who are faced with a poor pre-natal prognosis, a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or a stillbirth. In addition, she has a small private practice.

Denise M. Paul MA, CT, CPLC
Articles

A collection of articles written by Denise M. Paul. Updated regularly.

Friends Don't Get It:  The most supportive friends are those who recognize that your baby’s death is a significant and tragic loss.
Grief Cannot Be Measured:  Whether you had a 5 week miscarriage or a full term stillbirth, your grief may feel the same.
Love Never Dies:  How do we go on with our lives and still honor our babies who died?
Own Your Feelings:  It’s so important to acknowledge your feelings. If you can’t say them, then write them.
Memory Keepers:  Your memories of your baby may be few, but they are very powerful. Cherish every one of them.
Grief Work:  Grief Work is the physical and emotional work that is done while grieving the loss of someone very special.
The Good Parts:  When you share that which is the deepest part of your soul, even if it is painful, a real loving and trusting relationship can be developed.
The New You:  The day that your baby died you became a new person, and you must learn to navigate in the world carrying that pain.
Mind, Body & Spirit:  Suggestions for restoring your physical and emotional health while mourning the loss of your baby.
Red Flag Days:  In the weeks and months following a loss, some days are more difficult than others. It is helpful to know what to expect and how to honor your baby on those special dates.
Big Boys Don't Cry:  Fathers often feel that they have to be strong and not show their emotions following the loss of their baby. Real men do cry!
I’ve Lost My Baby - But I Lost More Than That:  Parents find that when they lose their baby, they also lose their identity, their hopes and dreams, and their future with that child.
The Dreaded Question:  “Do you have any children?” or “How many children do you have?” are common questions. However, if you have lost a baby, it becomes the dreaded question.
What Are Your Options?:  Suggestions for restoring your physical and emotional health while mourning the loss of your baby.
The Holiday Dilemma:  The holidays can be an especially difficult time for grieving parents. There are ways to honor your baby, while still celebrating the season.

Denise M. Paul MA, CT, CPLC
Books

Miscarriage: A Guide for Parents

This booklet addresses the unmet need of acknowledging and supporting parents who have lost their baby through miscarriage.

As a Perinatal Loss Grief Specialist, Denise Paul learned that miscarriage is a disenfranchised loss, because it is seldom acknowledged by society. Family and friends tend to minimize the importance of miscarriage, and women are not given permission to talk about it, which leaves them grieving alone.

This booklet answers important questions and offers suggestions on how to navigate the grief journey, in an easy to read, respectful way. It is available for distribution to patients who have experienced the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy.

To order this book simply click the button below and complete our mail order form.

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Media

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: Katie Gagnon shares her story

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - One in four pregnancies end in miscarriages, but unless it’s happened to you or someone you love, you may not know about it. Many families suffer in silence.

Katie stopped by Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the importance of sharing her story and her experience with others, and what it meant to her personal healing.

Katie was joined by Denise Paul, a Prenatal Loss Grief Specialist who runs a monthly support meeting and has written a book on the topic.


‘Society Sweeps It Under The Rug’: Local Grief Counselor Implores Women To Open Up About Miscarriages

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - In a Monday morning Instagram post, Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, shared a photos of herself cradling a small baby bump and announced that she was pregnant but that she “most likely experienced a miscarriage.”

“Miscarriages happen to 20% of pregnancies and society sweeps it under the rug,” said Denise Paul, a prenatal loss grief counselor and director of facilitators for the Philadelphia-Area Miscarriage Support Network.

Watch the video for more.

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