When a person passes away, he or she leaves a large empty space in the lives of his/her bereaved family. Yet if an infant dies during pregnancy, or shortly after birth, or in the first few years of life, the grief of parents and relatives can often not even be put into words. Bereavement of this kind differs considerably from grieving for an older person. Thus the aim of this master thesis is to provide insight into the particular act of mourning for a stillborn child. Chapter 1 focuses, from a Christian viewpoint, on the fate of infants who passed away unbaptized. In such cases, popular myths used to play an important part in the past and still do so to some extent. Subsequently, this thesis analyzes how todays society deals with the act of mourning for a stillborn infant; it also discusses the laws that determine when precisely a yet unborn human being starts being regarded as a member of society.In the second part of this thesis, different forms of the act of mourning are presented, with special regard to expressions of grief on the internet. For this purpose, five bereaved mothers of stillborn babies were interviewed and their statements were subsequently analyzed. As a result, six relevant concurrences were found which may lead to a deeper understanding when dealing with the bereaved. Furthermore, specific online interest groups for concerned parents, such as the one presented in this thesis, may be helpful in coping more efficiently with an infants death. In addition, there are special clubs that offer aid and support for mourning relatives.Recently, special sectors for stillborn infants, that is, sites of mourning designed for bereaved parents and relatives, have been established in graveyards all over Austria. In this context, the thesis presents the Worldwide Candle Lighting, the world memorial day for deceased unborn children. It offers mourning relatives the opportunity to feel as part of a community, in the spiritual company of other bereaved ones. Additionally, the thesis compares memorial services for stillborn infants in Carinthia and Styria; it also presents a recently introduced way of mourning which is not only dedicated to dead infants: the so-called Mourning Room. Finally, a short chapter focuses on the specific act of mourning that is typical of men.