Healing Hope Ministries

Helping families find hope and healing after the loss of a child.

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Smile Again Ministries

This is the Retreat Center that Denny and Karri attended in northern Minnesota. Healing Hope is a product of them and we actually follow the same program.   

Awakening Grace

Awakening Grace encourages families during the loss of a child during pregnancy and infancy to grieve bravely, heal gently, and remember boldly. To support these families, Awakening Grace provides Care Packages during or after their loss at any time. These Care Packages include comfort and memorial items as a small token of remembrance and love from our family to theirs. Burial garments can also be chosen from items kept on hand or may be custom made at the time of the loss. These garments are for babies of any gestation or age, including during pregnancy from 0-12 weeks, 12-20 weeks, 20-42 weeks, and after birth, 0-12 months.    

Compassionate Friends

A support group for parents who've lost children. They meet once a month in different cities. For more information and locations, click on the link above. 

David's Hearts

Provides keepsake hats for bereaved parents at no charge. 

Lasting Memories

Lorrie can take your childs clothing or special items and turn them into a beautiful memorial piece that you can treasure forever. Bears, pillows, blankets, furry weighted bears....custom made with love and prayer. Contact Lorrie Merkwan at 605-254-3912 or lmerkwan@hotmail.com

Megan Bethany Photography

Bereavement photography...contact Megan Stiles - 605-809-5489 meganbethanystiles@gmail.com 

Sagebrush Designs by Shelli

Silver thumb-print jewelry, custom hand stamped jewelry, and many other unique designs. Custom orders and ideas accepted. Contact Shelli Felderman at 605-450-0261. 

The Oaklyn Foundation

The Oaklyn Foundation partners with Healing Embrace out of Omaha, NE and would love to have the honor of purchasing a weighted bear for you or your loved one! These bears are weighted to the exact weight of the child lost however we are unable to have them made under 1 pound in weight.

Seek Counseling

We highly encourage you to find a counselor in your area that fits you and your family. Here are just a few ideas.   

Lighting A New Way Counseling, Mary Weber - Sioux Falls, SD -  605-361-0114 


Stronghold Counseling, Sioux Falls, SD - 605-334-7713, Ellie Larsen, Jan Sanford, Marlene Ruff, Earl Witt     


Journey Counseling, Sioux Falls, SD - 605-988-8131 - Wanda Jeffcoat, Dianne Beard and Michael Wheaton


Agape Counseling Center, Erin Sanford - Brandon, SD - 605-582-4722


Nancy Hines - South Sioux City, NE - 402-412-2000


Heart Therapy, Molly Pace - Sioux City, IA - 712-318-3351


Heartland Counseling Services, South Sioux City, IA -  402-494-3337 also has offices in O'Neill, Ainsworth and Valentine, NE


Family Life Counseling, ​Carol A. Larson - Kearney, NE - 308-210-3638