Israeli National Pregnancy
& Infant Loss Support.

Israeli National Pregnancy
& Infant Loss Support.

We are a witness to loss and a steadying hand in the dark.

Candles of Hope is a community of families, health professionals, researchers and policy makers who work together to improve care for bereaved families and break the silence and taboo surrounding pregnancy and infant loss in Israel. We provide comprehensive support, information and education services to families and healthcare professionals throughout the country.

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Latest News

Second Annual Conference Coming Up May 26

Candles of Hope is pleased to announce its 2nd annual still birth and pregnancy loss conference is coming up on May 26. The conference will be held online, from 9am till 1pm and will include speakers addressing different aspects of pregnancy and infant loss from: the complex process in the hospital for both the family…..

Rebecca Dreyfus, Candles of Hope’s Founder, Passes Away

Candles of Hope is deeply saddened to announce that our founder Rebecca Dreyfus passed away on April 22, 2021. Rebecca had battled with cancer for many years, and after an amazingly strong fight, her life journey came to an end at 63 years old.

Inaugural Annual Conference a Huge Success

Last month Candles of Hope held its inaugural annual conference on stillbirth and pregnancy loss. The conference, which attracted 120 people, featured speakers from various fields including therapy, research, the arts and media, advocacy and public leadership. Nurses, midwives and people who had experienced loss also participated.

Candles of Hope, registered Israeli non-profit, launches activity in summer of 2020

Despite affecting so many, pregnancy and infant loss is rarely discussed in Israeli society. Too many families find themselves alone and without proper resources, information or frameworks to support them through their unique journey of grief. …

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From general information to local support groups, telephone counseling services and professional therapeutic directories, we are here to connect you with the information, resources and people you may need.

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Resources for
Healthcare Professionals

We provide an array of information and resources for healthcare professionals who care for families affected by pregnancy and infant loss.

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Family Stories

Every person approaches grief in their own unique way. It’s important to know you are not alone. We invite you to read some of our family stories.

Friends and family tried to support us at the time and in the coming months, but had trouble doing so while either grieving themselves or finding it hard to understand what we were going through.

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After having undergone an amniocentesis, I developed a severe uterine infection. I was hospitalized in an effort to overcome the infection. About two weeks later, I was called in to the senior doctor’s office, and was told that the baby’s condition was severe, and even posed a real danger to my life. The recommendation was unequivocal: terminate the pregnancy.

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At 31 weeks gestation, I gave birth to a baby girl, who ultimately did not make it into this world alive. I held her in my arms and kissed her head. She was small but complete, a real baby who had lived and grown inside me for 31 weeks.

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We did a lot of tests, and we realized at a certain point that the pregnancy had to be terminated. It was an impossible decision. For me, the Candles of Hope workshop was a weekly anchor of sharing, an opportunity to remember the pain in the company of other women who know the most painful point in it, a place to really confront and acknowledge our pain, and a place of growing compassion.

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