Our Program



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Our Program

The Finley Project provides mothers with a 7-Part Holistic Program that supports them emotionally and physically, at no financial cost.

The Program begins immediately following an infant’s death and continues for five years. The Program is designed to be completed in its entirety to ensure optimal help and eventual healing for a mother.

Program Services include: supporting the mom with funeral planning, meal and grocery gift cards, professional house cleaning, professional massage therapy, support group placement, licensed mental health counseling and support from a volunteer support coordinator.

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Figuring out what to do, picking up a phone and making a phone call to plan your child’s funeral is a task that most mothers are not capable of doing. If the mother needs help with making that phone call or planning a funeral, The Finley Project is there.

 

The Finley Project will work with the mother and family to determine what they would like to do to honor their infant. The Finley Project will do the following:

  • The Finley Project team member will research options for cemetery and/or funeral homes in the families’ local area. The information will be presented to the family.
  • Once the family decides what they would like to do, The Finley Project team member will call the cemetery and/or funeral home to let them know about the family and the death of their child.
  • The cemetery and/or funeral home would then work directly with the family.
  • The Finley Project will also work with a families’ home church by calling the church and telling them about the death of the infant. The church would then call the family directly to make arrangements for a service.
  • The Finley Project will help with a basic outline for the time to honor their infant

Hot meals, a stocked refrigerator, food to feed a grieving mother and her family without having to do much, is what a mother needs after infant loss. Mothers need to be nourished and focused on their mental healing, not household needs. The Finley Project will provide the following:

  • $25 a day in Meal Gift Cards and $50 a week in Grocery Gift Cards for 3 weeks.
  • One week of Meal Gift Cards and a Grocery Gift Card upon initial contact.
  • The remainder two weeks of Meal & Grocery Gift Cards will be mailed to the mother.

A time to stop crying and allow a mother to experience peace is why The Finley Project believes so strongly in Massage Therapy. The Founder and President of The Finley Project, Noelle Moore, states:

 

Going to a Massage Therapy session was one of the only times in my grief that I would barely cry and could start to relax. I even fell asleep at times when I wasn’t able to sleep otherwise. Massage Therapy relieved headaches from crying, stiff shoulders from tension and provided rest to help my body make it through the days ahead.

 

After the trauma of losing an infant, a mother’s well being is on the line. However, according to “The American Massage Therapy Association®” research has proven that massage therapy helps in “reducing post-operative pain, lowering blood pressure and boosting the body’s immune system functioning.”

 

The Finley Project believes that Massage Therapy plays a critical role in the healing process of a grieving mother. Essential to the Seven-Part Holistic Program offered by The Finley Project, is Massage Therapy. The Massage Therapy sessions offered, will be provided by a national and licensed Massage Therapy chain. Appointments will be coordinated by a team member from The Finley Project.

  • One Massage a month for three months will be given to the mother.
  • The Finley Project will work with the mother over the weeks after the loss to determine when she would like to go to her first Massage Therapy appointment.
  • Once the mother feels she wants to go, the team member from The Finley Project will call the Massage Therapy business to schedule the appointment.
  • The Finley Project team member would follow up with the mother to let her know when her appointment is, the address, etc. The mother would be reminded that the massage is at NO COST to them and all payment is handled by The Finley Project.
  • The following two months, The Finley Project team member will work with the mother to schedule the appointments as they did with the first one.

How can a mother worry about laundry, dirty dishes and a clean shower when she just lost the most precious and dear thing to her, her infant? Mothers need to be cared for and focused on their mental healing, not household needs. The Finley Project will provide the following:

  • One Professional House Cleaning session a month for three months.
  • Once the mother feels she would like the Professional Cleaners to come to her house, the team member from The Finley Project will call the Professional House Cleaning service to schedule the appointment.
  • The Finley Project team member will follow up with the mother to let her know when the Cleaning Team is coming to her home. The mother would be reminded that the Cleaning Service is at NO COST to her and all payment is handled by The Finley Project.
  • The following two months, The Finley Project team member will work with the mother to schedule the Cleaning Service as they did with the first one.

Imagine losing your infant. Most people cannot. Losing a child is something in our society that is very uncomfortable for people to talk about. Mothers need other mothers who understand their pain and their unique journey in grief.

 

That is why The Finley Project believes in helping a mother find a support group in her area, preferably an infant loss support group.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, six out of every one thousand babies born in the United States die within the first year. Mothers are walking out of hospitals without their babies all over the country.

 

Overcome with grief, mothers experience severe emotional trauma where even simple day-to-day tasks can be stressful and overwhelming. Some mothers even lose the will to live. That is why The Finley Project’s goal is to place mothers into trauma counseling with a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). The Finley Project counseling program includes:

  • Counseling once a week for 3 months (once mother is ready).
  • Once the mother feels she would like the professional trauma counseling and shares when she would like to go, a team member from The Finley Project will call the professional LMHC to schedule the appointment.
  • The Finley Project team member would follow up with the mother to let her know when her Counseling appointment is. The mother would be reminded that the Counseling is at NO COST to her and all payment is handled by The Finley Project.
  • The following two months, The Finley Project team member will work with the mother to schedule the Professional Trauma Counseling as they did with the first one.

When a mother feels like no one understands or hears her, it’s a terrible feeling. After an infant dies, a mother may feel like she has no one to talk to, no one that understands. She may feel alone and that is why The Finley Project has developed a Volunteer Support Coordinator position.

 

A Support Coordinator will work with the mother as soon as she becomes a part of The Finley Project program and help her through the Holistic Program. The Support Coordinator will follow up with the mother daily, monthly, then yearly, all the way for five years.



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