Sherokee Ilse is a pioneer in the perinatal loss field. She is an international consultant, trainer, parent advocate, inspirational speaker, author, bereaved parent and paradigm shifter.


Sherokee speaks, trains and consults across the globe, as one of the early pioneers in perinatal loss and bereavement. Her profile includes keynoting conferences, facilitating workshops and all-day seminars, speaking at support groups, mentoring, one-on-one support and training peer counselors, religious leaders, funeral directors and others on grief and loss.

She is available to consult with hospitals, funeral homes, support groups, religious institutions, workplaces and others to help develop or enhance programs to give wise, compassionate care and support families in crisis when a baby or child dies.  Miscarriage, stillbirth, NICU losses and sudden infant death along with child loss and general bereavement are her areas of expertise for the past 30+ years.  She also trains professionals and supports parents experiencing fragile pregnancies and abnormal diagnosis, offering palliative care and networking assistance.  

Local Tucson/Phoenix and long-distance mentoring, training, and support for parents & professionals available.   Contact me to schedule a free 15 minute consultation! 

         Over 350,000 in print

         Over 350,000 in print

Sherokee's classic self-help book (revised in 2015) is one of the first given to newly bereaved parents to offer guidance in decision-making, pros and cons of each choice, and messages to help parents feel less alone when their babies die. It also enlightens and assists caregivers as they support families. Empty Arms encourages families to meet and say hello to their babies before rushing to say goodbye. 

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I’m sure you hear this a lot, but your book Empty Arms was the lifeline I needed to get through my three miscarriages.
— Alice R.

I have been a perinatal loss coordinator for over 25 years and have taken tons of training. This is by far the best workshop on loss I have ever taken.”

— RN, Good SamaRitan Hospital Training