Bereavement Support


The loss of a child: The loss of a child is one of the most difficult things that can happen. If you are a parent or family member who has experienced the loss of a child then there is no right or wrong way for you to feel. People grieve in different ways and at different rates, and in some cases you might find that it is difficult to support each other through this sad and difficult time. There are a number of different organisations that can provide additional help and support.

Click here or the image above to access help and advice from Berkshire West CCG.
 
The Rainbow Clinic at the Royal Berkshire Hospital offers specialist care and support to women and their families in pregnancies following the loss of a baby. We understand that pregnancy after the loss of a baby can be a very challenging time for families and parents often describe the need for extra support as they navigate many mixed emotions.

The Rainbow Clinic Team aims to provide tailored care to each family throughout pregnancy and as they welcome their new baby into their family. The Rainbow Clinic is based on the known benefits to families receiving continuity of carer and specialist medical oversight within the context of a specialist multi-disciplinary team.


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Women who give birth in the Delivery Suite at Great Western Hospital are cared for in their Bereavement suite. Great Western has 2 rooms, one with sofa, chairs , tea and coffee making facilities and the other has a bed and a double sofa bed.

Their Midwives and support worker will ensure that photographs are taken along with hand and footprints of babies and hand and foot plaster casts.  

Mid-trimester deliveries take place on their dedicated Womens ward in a side room with appropriate care and support.  The situation is always managed with the upmost sensitivity and their staff are specially trained to manage these situations.

 All parents are provided with the contact details for the Maternity and Paediatric Support Service Midwives Becky King and Emma Frayne  and are also given the details for SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity) on discharge. SANDS provide us with a wealth of information to give to the parents.


http://swindonsands.org/

Parents also given information from the Miscarriage association

 https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk
Sands understand how devastating it is when a baby dies as many of them have been through the experience ourselves.

Everyone grieves differently and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Each person needs different types of support and this can change over time.  Some people may be happy to talk, others might take comfort from quietly reading about others experiences, while some may prefer to meet face to face and share their experience.


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Baby loss information and support
 
Sadly, some babies are lost during pregnancy, birth, or shortly afterwards. We have information and support for anyone who has experienced the loss of a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or termination for medical reasons.

Click here or the image above to find help and support.
All the Lullaby Trust’s services are currently up and running. To protect our staff team and make sure we can continue to work, we closed our head office last week, but we hope that this will not impact on our services and support to you.

Please see below for our latest information and advice:

Bereaved families- We understand you may feel worried or anxious about the coronavirus (COVID-19), this may heighten existing health anxieties for you, and you may have concerns about the impact on you and your family. Our bereavement support and Information Freephone helplines are open 10am-5pm Mon-Fri and weekends and public holidays 6-10pm: 0808 802 6868.


Click here or the image above to access the advice and help from The Lullaby Trust.

Richard Littedale wrote Postcards From the Land of Grief, and have seen many touched by its honesty.  The book charts his journey through the first year of bereavement – with all the strangeness, challenge and reassurance which it brought. He has also spoken about the subject numerous times on air, to the extent that a friend in the radio business described him as ‘the death guy‘.

''It continues to surprise, this land of grief. Its topography is so hard to read – like the

shifting sands of the desert. To climb a tiny hill can feel like scaling a mountain – leaving the lungs gasping for air at the top. Once scaled, the view behind may be spectacular, but the view ahead is hidden, at least for now. Some of the valleys which look like no more than a ditch prove to have sides so steep that they all but blot out the light.''

Click here or the image above to access a PDF version of the book.
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