Pregnant moms and new moms:  Taking the first step towards becoming your best you is something to be proud of!   THRIVE is a 7 step process that will help you begin to dream about what you really want in your life and to understand more clearly how to achieve your goals and dreams.  In order to get there, THRIVE will begin by helping you identify what may be holding you back.

You will have the opportunity of meeting with a volunteer lifecoach weekly.  Call the center to establish yourself as a client and to be introduced to THRIVE.  (813) 948-7734



Program of Healing

Passages of Hope is an Abortion Recovery program for Women and Men. 

For more information and to register call 727.940.2636 or email

Weekend Program of Healing – Rachel’s Vineyard

We also encourage women and men to attend a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat for emotional and spiritual healing after abortion. Rachel’s Vineyard welcomes women, men, couples, grandparents, and former abortion providers. Retreats are held in both Catholic and Interdenominational settings, and
are held in both English and Spanish.
Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries is available on the web at and through our 24/7 Help Line 1-877-HOPE-4-ME.
For more information, call (813) 924-4173.

AMEND is a non-profit organization based in Tampa, Florida dedicated to providing moral support and encouragement to persons that have experienced a loss during and after pregnancy. We are parents who have experienced such a loss and give of ourselves to help others. Our group extends its support to those individuals who have had early miscarriage, full term stillbirth, and infant losses. The parents of AMEND have experienced a loss like you are going through. We are here for you if you need a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, or to talk with someone. Please know at this very difficult time you are not alone. Please call if we can help in any way.


  • a listening ear and emotional support
  • telephone support for bereaved parents and their family
  • monthly meetings
  • an extensive lending library
  • a 24 hour dedicated telephone line
  • invaluable and unlimited resources on grief and its recovery
  • educational literature for parents, family, and friends
  • support and information through correspondence
  • professional guest speakers at monthly meetings
  • parents supporting parents with similar experiences

Meeting Locations & Schedule

The North Tampa group meets at 8 PM on the third Wednesday of the month in Tampa Palms at 15320 Amberly Drive.

The South Tampa group meets at 8 PM on the first Thursday of the month at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church 3501 W. San Jose Tampa 33629

Contact Information

If you would like further information about the AMEND support group, call Karen M. Frazier, R.N., Program Director at (813) 631-9519 or via email at If you reach Karen’s voice mail system please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Their website is


The Florida Chapter of AMEND, Inc. (AMEND) is a 501C3 charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be mailed to AMEND 15904 Brockway Place. Tampa FL 33647.

You and Your Healthcare Team

Most often families learn of the death of their child from their healthcare provider. This is a devastating moment.   It does not matter how many “weeks” you are at your loss. Your baby is a whole person who deserves a dignified, respectful burial. There are many different options for your arrangements. It is important to communicate to the hospital staff your specific wishes. If you need assistance with this we will be more than happy to accompany and represent you at any stage of this process in the hospital.


Making a Memory

Remember you have one precious opportunity to make a memory. Make a plan if at all possible BEFORE you go to the hospital. You may want to take a camera for photos, a special blanket, or baby outfit. Depending on the age of your baby it may be possible to bathe your baby or hold and rock your baby. There is no wrong or right way to spend time with your baby. Discuss with your physician and nurses your wishes. Do whatever comforts YOU. This all may seem a little strange at the time, but these moments will fill your heart forever and bring you great comfort in the future. Physicians, nurses and Religious leaders should all work together to make this a positive experience for you and your family.


Funeral Arrangements

There are many cemeteries that offer special spaces for infants. The cemeteries are very helpful with even the youngest of babies. The ministry members can also help families find financial assistance with fees if necessary.

If you choose to use a funeral home there are many in our area that have a special place in their heart for such a need in our community. Most funeral homes provide full services for your baby and family. They will work closely to comfort you and insure that your wishes are carried out.  Both the cemetery and funeral home provide all of their services at a VERY nominal fee.

Summary of Options Available:
 Traditional funeral
 Graveside services
 Hospital disposition with or without a service


Mass and Memorials

Call your church or if you are working with a ministry member they will contact your church for you. The church can only help if they are informed of the need. We have found that many churches have committees ready and willing to assist families in their time of loss. Often, one call to a church office can be the start of great assistance and comfort to your family. People do want to help you. 

Many area pastors are willing to come to the cemetery for as much as a full mass or as simple as a graveside service. This is a very personal decision that you need to discuss with your pastor. If you need a pastor, we can contact your church or local parish for you.