If you are a bereaved parent, we are here to support you in a way that works for you. Please visit our support section to find out how we can help.
Our Finding the words campaign aims to get people who haven't experienced the tragedy of baby loss talking about stillbirth and neonatal death.
If you know someone who has been affected by the death of a baby, however long ago, please consider talking to them about what happened. Our 5 ways you can help someone whose baby has died resource has some practical suggestions of how you can offer support and start a conversation sensitively.
Talk about their baby
When someone’s baby has died, it can be hard for others to find the words to say. This can add to feelings of isolation, so simply saying how sorry you are can really help.
Let them know you are thinking about them
A simple text, card or email goes a long way. If you know them well, you might want to call them and ask how they are. It’s okay to ask ‘How are you?’
Offer practical help
When a baby dies it can be very hard for parents and families to do everyday tasks such as walking the dog, going shopping or cleaning the house. Offer to help in a practical way.
Going back to work
If you know a colleague whose baby has died you may want to let them know how sorry you are. If you’re an employer find out how best to support your staff and volunteers.
Give them the Sands Freephone Helpline 0808 164 3332
Our Helpline team offers a safe, confidential space for anyone affected by the death of a baby. We offer support by telephone or email and may be able to refer on to a local Sands Group.
If you are a bereaved parent
If you’re a bereaved parent who hasn’t spoken about your loss, or don’t want to at this time, please don’t feel under pressure to do so.
We are here to support you should you need it, whether through our telephone and email helpline, support booklets, online forum or group meetings.
Find out more about how we can support you today.