First and foremost, thank you for being part of the Sad Dads Club. This is the worst club with the best guys. We are still very much a work in progress, but it is time to share some of our long-term goals with you.
Welcoming Other Sad Dads to Share
We have spent years cultivating plans for the Sad Dads Club. Jay, Rob, and I have all shared deeply personal stories. We signed up for this, but the main goal is to create a community. To create a community, it can’t just be about us.
If you want to share your story, we want to hear it. Let me be clear; there is absolutely no pressure to share. If reading our stories, or the stories of others, helps you get through, keep going.
We want to feature guest writers as often as we can. If you want to share your story, share your thoughts, give us feedback, or reach out privately, click the link below.
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Pursuing 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status to Increase Impact
As we continue to build out this community, we are also actively pursuing our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status so that we can have an even greater impact. This is a year-long process, and, ultimately, we will begin fundraising to support critical clinical, research, and advocacy work. However, the Sad Dads Club will always remain a free resource, and communal space, for grieving dads.
We have three main funding objectives:
1. Grief Counseling & Mental Health Care – We will fund quality grief counseling services (i.e., therapy, psychological counseling, etc.) for parents of stillborn babies so that no grieving dads and moms have to choose between their mental health and other important needs;
2. Research to Reduce Stillbirth Rates – We will donate to reputable organizations working to reduce the rate of stillbirth; and
3. Stillbirth Awareness & Community – We will continue to spread awareness about stillbirth by expanding the Sad Dads Club community across the US and around the world.
Jay, Rob, and I all agree that professional help was a critical part of our journeys. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to these resources. A significant focus of the Sad Dads is getting people the help they need when they need it.
The Sad Dads have also tried to identify other organizations conducting research to reduce stillbirth. If you know of any organizations that warrant consideration, please contact us. If you are looking for resources, please visit our resources page.
Finally, we want to keep building this community. At the moment, the Sad Dads Club focuses on stillbirths. We recognize that other Dads need to be welcomed to this club. Infertility, miscarriage, and the loss of a living child immediately come to mind. We want them to feel included; we just need to establish the proper resources. We only know what we know, and we urge you to reach out if you, or someone you know, would like to be that resource.