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Empathetic Support to Newly Bereaved SIDS Families
and Those Who Care About Them

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Our Mission is to support families (and helping professionals) grieving babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome through informational material like the book THE SIDS & INFANT DEATH SURVIVAL GUIDE and DANCING ON THE MOON and through free peer counseling and referral services. E-mail Joani Horchler, who lost her son Christian to SIDS in 1991 and authored the SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide.

We are a Cribs for Kids Partner, and--through the generous support of individual sponsors and Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Maryland Small Grants Program of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation--will be giving out more than 250 cribs and crib sheets (with the safe sleep message on them) to the Prince George's Infants at Risk Program, the Adolescent Parenting Program of the Public Schools, etc.

Our spokesperson is actress Gabrielle Christian (one of Joani's five daughters!). Because of the tragic loss of her only brother to SIDS--and her desire to help others avoid such grief--Gabrielle is helping raise funds for bereavement support and medical research.


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  • Hi family and friends--Please see this video a SIDS-ES volunteer made for our family about our son Christian Gabriel--I am very happy to have such a beautiful tribute to our baby boy's short but sweet life. Here's the YouTube link:

    Love and peace, Joani Nelson Horchler
    Co-Author, SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide

  • The 11th annual Run/Walk will be on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Details to follow!

  • There are two fundraisers coming up that support SIDS-ES.
    • The first is the "Mainly Music Fundraiser" on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in memory of Kylie Anne Claire Trieu--
    • More information can be found here. Donations ($20 per family) can be made here.

    • The second event is Kaitlyn's Dinner/Dance for SIDS on Sat. Dec. 7, 2013 in memory of Kaitlyn McClung. For details and to donate, go to

  • To support the "SON Appreciation Conference" on-line store that is fundraising for SIDS-ES, please see:
Welcome also to our Europe-based websites.  Here are the links:
- SIDS-ES FRANCE or SMSN-SE (SMSN-Services Educatifs)
- is the online sto


Download, use, and distribute these posters about the Spanish translation of the SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide!

In English (pdf) (950Kb)           In Spanish (pdf) (3.4 Mb)

(click the pictures for a bigger view)

This month's SIDS Educational Services web site sponsorship:

In loving memory of
Kaitlyn Marie McClung
12/3/08 - 5/6/09

Sponsored by Kaitlyn's Family.


To learn how to help sponsor this web site please email: 
This website and the SIDS and Infant Death Survival Guide book were established in loving memory of
Christian Gabriel Horchler  3/8/91--5/9/91
Son of Gabriel and Joani Horchler
Designation # 36442
Designation # 8966
To donate a crib and crib sheet to a needy family, click here


Gifts That Give is an innovative program that allows consumers to shop for the products and services they need most, while at the same time supporting the programs and services of First Candle/SIDS Alliance. For every purchase through this program, SIDS Educational Services will donate 10% percentage of sales from their products.


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Contact Information

Telephone 301-322-2620
FAX 301-322-9822
Postal address SIDS-ES, P.O. Box 2426, Hyattsville, MD 20784-0426
Electronic mail


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Last modified: October 12, 2013