We understand first-hand that Christmas and the festive period can be an intensely sad and unbearably difficult time for anyone who has experienced the death of a baby. For many, many parents this will be their first Christmas following their baby’s death. While nothing will stop this being an incredibly difficult time for them, or anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby, we want you to know that you are not alone.
Christmas for so many is about giving and receiving, and at Sands this will be no different; our Sands Christmas Campaign in 2017 focussed on the amazing Gift of Support. Through all our simple ideas and ways to get involved, including our 15 Festive Fundraisers, giving a virtual Gift in Lieu or our virtual Lights of Love, we hope that there was something for everyone to help them feel less isolated. The funds that we raised can help to make sure that our bereavement support services are available to anyone one who needs them in the weeks and months to come.
The death of a loved and much wanted baby is devastating at any time of the year, but perhaps even more so at Christmas. With so much focus on celebration and preparation, the thought of Christmas can be anything but a celebration for anyone whose baby has tragically died.
Please help us to make sure that all our bereavement support services are available to anyone one who needs them in 2018.
Coping at Christmas
The effects on the parents, and grandparents, brothers and sisters, wider family members, as well as friends, colleagues and health care staff are far reaching and in so many cases life-long. Coping at Christmas can be particularly difficult but you don’t have to face it alone. To find out about our support services available over the festive period, ideas on ways to cope and how to look after yourself this Christmas please go to our dedicated section on Coping at Christmas.