Los Angeles Chapter Leader, Parental Advisory Board Member
Sari Edber is the proud and loving mother of three children. Her first son, Jacob, was stillborn on July 20, 2006 after a perfectly healthy pregnancy. While Sari and her husband, Daniel, were learning to navigate the horrific path of being bereaved parents, the MISS Foundation immediately became a lifeline for them through their online resources, monthly support groups, and the lifelong friendships that they made. They found comfort, healing, validation, guidance, and amazing mentors, who would walk this journey alongside them.
Sari continued her involvement with MISS when she was one of three stillbirth mothers who sponsored and helped to pass new California legislation for stillborn babies. After almost a year of lobbying, our bill, that allows parents to request a government issued Certificate of Still Birth, was signed into law in October, 2007.
Sari was the lead facilitator of the Los Angeles MISS support group for almost 11 years and continues to support our current volunteers as the chapter coordinator. She serves as a member of the international MISS Parental Advisory Board and has completed the Compassionate Bereavement Care program to become a certified peer grief counselor.
Sari’s advocacy work has extended into the greater Los Angeles community, as well, by working closely with other grief organizations, leading training sessions with hospitals, and providing bereavement care workshops for health/emotional care professionals with the goals of: sharing her experience, being a peer resource for other bereaved parents, and increasing public awareness, education, and research about child death.
Sari and Daniel’s healing revolves around finding ways to keep Jacob’s memory alive and their comfort comes from knowing that Jacob is forever a part of their family, especially in the lives of their two subsequent children.