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President's Reception

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This special event is an intimate gathering designed to provide a time and space to honor those who came before us.

These pioneers helped establish standards of relationship-based perinatal bereavement care for professionals, the rights of parents when a baby dies, and a robust parent support group model. In addition, they were all involved in creating educational conferences for professionals and parent advocates that set the stage for the formation of PLIDA, the only perinatal bereavement membership organization in North America. One or more of these well-known pioneers have been involved in planning and/or speaking at the current and past 20 international perinatal bereavement conferences.

The President’s Reception will take place on Thursday, October 25th at 5:30 PM in the Presidential Suite onsite at the conference hotel. Reception includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Those honored represent two of the founding organizations of PLIDA, but whose history in this field pre-date PLIDA by several decades. Guests of honor include Drs. Rana Limbo and Sara Wheeler (Resolve Through Sharing) and Catherine Lammert and Sr. Jane Marie Lamb (in memoriam)(Share 1977).

Registration is Closed for This Opportunity!
Fifteen (15) name have been drawn at random to join us in this one-of-a-kind opportunity for personal interactions with these early pioneers who have paved the way for all of us!


Welcome Reception

Join conference attendees, PLIDA leadership, and sponsors, for some lighthearted moments and catching up with friends old and new. Take in the amazing Grand Hall with stunning artwork, and a one of a kind light show.

Featuring hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar, you will feel like the Welcome Reception has started you off in style. Dress is business casual. Purchase tickets ($50/ticket) for this event as part of your registration. Your ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. A limited number of tickets will be available at the registration table for a charge of $60/ticket.

Sunrise Cinema

Join us at 6:30AM for a screening of ‘Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy after Loss’, the award-winning documentary based on the best-selling memoir by author/filmmaker Alexis Marie Chute. 






The film investigates different perspectives on traumatic birth, how loss affects personal identity and faith, and the ways families change, thrive and cope through grief. Also highlighted is the decision-making process around family planning after loss and the unique stresses of subsequent pregnancies. With poignant narration about grief and the healing journey, the documentary casts fresh light on a private and isolating experience.

A Gift From PLIDA: Historic St. Charles and Angel of Hope Statue

With gratitude for attending the 2018 conference and the work you do, PLIDA is pleased to offer a post conference experience to visit historic St. Charles and the Angel of Hope Statue. Join us on a delightful trip to historic St. Charles, MO. Located on the outskirts of St. Louis; this charming town gives one the feeling of stepping back in time to the days of the Lewis and Clark expedition. St. Charles is a gem that truly has something for everyone and is the ideal place to unwind while savoring good food, drinks and company. Kick back and enjoy lunch at one of more than 25 restaurants that serve everything from burgers and barbecue to tapas and seafood while sipping wine and locally brewed beer on cozy tree-lined patios or decks overlooking the Missouri River.

After lunch, spend the afternoon strolling along cobblestone streets, shopping in unique boutiques, treating yourself to homemade ice cream, fudge and cookies, or simply walking along the river enjoying the colorful fall scenery. The day will end late in the afternoon with a trip to a local park to visit the local Christmas Box Angel of Hope statue, one of 120 in the world, a monument dedicated to children who have left this world too soon.

The visit will include time to stroll in the stunning Ben Rau garden plus a short closing service. You will ride to and from St. Charles in a comfortable motor coach, giving you time to relax and have fun connecting with old and new friends. Space is limited, so register early.



Centering Corporation, well known as an extraordinary grief resource organization, is returning as the conference bookstore vendor. The bookstore will carry books and resources that have been requested by attendees.

Book Signing Reception

PLIDA is honored to present several of our distinguished authors and speakers for a book signing reception. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar while interfacing with the authors. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet published perinatal experts and have your book personally signed. A keepsake! You may bring your own books or purchase them from the conference bookstore.

Watch this space for a list of speakers and their books so that you can make plans well in advance for extending your personal or work libraries. Note: The book raffle drawing will take place prior to the reception.

Conference T-Shirts

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pre-order your 2018 IPBC t-shirt! The soft poly/cotton breathable blend offers a relaxed, yet feminine fit. The light steel shirt color paired with the vibrant  conference graphic gives it a professional look and is a shirt that you’ll be able to wear anywhere! Preorder cost is $20. Shirts will be available for pick up at the conference registration table.

*A limited supply of the conference shirt will be available onsite at the conference for $25. Sizes will be limited. Order now to take advantage of this memorable shirt!

Reflection Room

As always, the conference provides a dedicated quiet space for reflection, grieving, or simply being. The Reflection Room is intended to provide participants with an opportunity for self-reflection and self-care when they need it during the conference. The room will be designed to provide opportunities to transition from the prickliness of our vicarious trauma in working with perinatal loss to supporting the body and soul in revisiting the power of what we experience.

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