Sands is developing a number of e-learning modules to help Health Care Professionals better understand the issues surrounding Bereavement Care. 

One chance to get it right: bereavement care

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) i.Learn platform

One chance to get it right: bereavement care is co-authored by Sands and Child Bereavement UK and funded by Abigail’s Footsteps.

You'll need to register with the RCM to take this course, you can do this and start the module on the RCM website.

This e-learning course aims to develop awareness, knowledge and understanding of the importance of providing parent-led, sensitive and empathic care for parents whose baby dies before, during or shortly after birth. It is not intended to replace face-to-face training which facilitates the development of skills in this important area of care.


Pregnancy Loss and Child Bereavement, e-learning for GPs

This online course aims to equip GPs with the tools and confidence to support patients through pregnancy loss and child bereavement.

The first module centres on the immediate period after a loss whilst the second explores the longer term effects and subsequent pregnancies. The course will also discuss legal issues, and have information on processes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with other resources to help support parents.

This course will also count towards 1 CPD credit.

Immediate management (Module 1)

(estimated duration: 45 minutes)

This module discusses the issues that arise around the time of child bereavement, whether that be a loss during pregnancy or the death of an infant or child. It covers postnatal care after a pregnancy loss and bereavement support for parents and other family members, as well as how to offer practical advice around sick leave, benefits and funeral arrangements.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, you will:

  • Be able to define the various types of death in childhood, for example, neonatal death and stillbirth
  • Know the definition of sudden infant death syndrome and some of the contributory factors
  • Know what to do if there is an unexpected death of a child in primary care
  • Be able to support bereaved parents, siblings and other members
  • Know how grief manifests in children of different ages
  • Be able to counsel a woman who comes to talk to you after an early miscarriage
  • Understand the need for a postnatal check after a stillbirth or neonatal death and what extra advice may be needed at this appointment

Longer term management (Module 2)

(estimated duration: 15 minutes)

This module will discuss some of the issues that can arise weeks, months or years after a child bereavement, whether that be a loss during pregnancy or the death of a child. It will discuss practical things that the GP can do to help, how to distinguish normal grief from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and outline some ways that children who are grieving may present.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, you will:

  • Know the criteria to diagnose prolonged grief
  • Be able to diagnose PTSD
  • Have access to useful resources to support families who have had a pregnancy loss or have been through the death of a child
  • Know when to refer to a recurrent miscarriage clinic
  • Be able to advise women who are concerned about foetal movements in a pregnancy after a stillbirth
  • Be aware of some of the ways in which bereaved siblings may present in the weeks and months after a loss and during a subsequent pregnancy