Baby Loss Support is something we take very seriously. Sadly, some of our families have joined our community at Granville’s Wood after the loss of a child. As many more of our families are likely to have been affected too, we thought it may be useful to have a single post with a range of support options.
We have chosen this time of year, as it is Baby Loss Awareness Week. After the Wave of Light event, which may have started conversations and triggered memories.
There are many organisations, often run by bereaved parents, that offer specialist support. Here are a few.
- SANDS – Still birth and Neo Natal grief specialists – firstname.lastname@example.org or 08081643332
- Compassionate Friends – Run by bereaved parents with local groups – email@example.com or 0345 123 2304
- Baby Loss Awareness Week – for specific contacts and campaign information – https://babyloss-awareness.org/support/
- Lullaby Trust – SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and sleep advice – https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/bereavement-support/
- Miscarriage Association – Advice and support following a miscarriage – 01924 200 799 or https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/how-we-help/our-support-services/
- A Child Of Mine – Baby and Child bereavement service – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01785 283434
General Grief Support
Alongside these specialist services, there are also umbrella organisations that offer general support,. They may have links to more local choices. The one that covers most organisations is The Good Grief Trust.
When doing some research, or asking a trusted person to, you may also find alternative support ideas. For example, several football teams for bereaved dad’s have been set up around the country. To find them you can search for Angels United, or for the local one to Granville’s Wood, look up Men United.
Most of these organisations have a strong presence on social media, and if you have found them helpful, or are able to offer them any support they are all in need of funds and volunteers too.
When we welcome a family that has experienced the death of a child to Granville’s Wood, we do try to understand the unique loss they have gone through. Two of our staff are also part of that most unwelcome ‘club’. It may be in offering sources of support, liasing with the Children’s Funeral Fund, or discussing bespoke elements of a nook or funeral.
Hopefully, together with family, friends and professionals we can support families through their bereavement.
All the information was correct at the time of publishing.