The Sands Bereavement Support app is aimed at bereaved parents, their family and friends, partners and grandparents, so they can access information at their convenience on their smartphone. It can also be used by employers, healthcare professionals and anyone, who would like to know how best to support bereaved parents.
The app includes information and support resources about making difficult decisions, saying goodbye to your baby, returning to work, sexual relationships after the death of a baby, another pregnancy, supporting children and useful things to say amongst many other topics.
The idea to create an app was inspired by Nicole Regan-White, a bereaved mother, whose baby Jessica was stillborn after 42 weeks gestation on 24 December 2013.
Nicole Regan-White, said: “When Jessica died I was devastated and the midwife at the hospital didn’t know what to say to me. At the time I was given a 13 booklets, one which was 67 pages long. I could barely read five words, let alone read and digest such a long publication. When I did read it I discovered some of the content was not relevant to us, or it was too late for us to use, and was just too much to take in.
“Shortly after we lost Jessica I contacted Sands to let them know that searching for information was difficult and overwhelming for bereaved parents at the time of a baby’s death.
"In a digital age we discussed my idea of creating an app that can be downloaded in seconds that provides all the information a bereaved parent and their family would need anytime, anywhere."
“I previously worked for a global business and technology consultancy and submitted my idea to them as one of 20 global project submissions to utilise our key skills. I was so happy and humbled that my idea was chosen, developed out of a personal need and finally granted. I can’t wait to launch the app with Sands - that will be an aid to current bereavement care in the UK.”
The app ensures that everyone affected by the death of a baby has all of the information they need at their fingertips, when they are given the devastating news that their baby has died. It was made available to Sands’ support groups and volunteers at a special preview during Sands Awareness Month in June in order to gain valuable feedback.