No parent expects to arrange a funeral for their baby. While this is a very hard thing to do, many parents have said that doing special things to “say goodbye” was a way of honouring their baby, including others in their baby’s life and helped them to move forward through their grief. This page talks about seeing and naming your baby, registering their death and arranging their funeral.

“I wish someone had told us that there was no need to rush, that we could take time to make up our minds about what would be best for us.”

Bereaved Dad

Our booklet Saying goodbye to your baby contains all the information that you might need in the first few hours, days and weeks after your baby has died. It covers:

  • How you might feel
  • Telling family and friends
  • Creating memories
    • Naming your baby
    • Seeing and holding your baby
    • Photographs
    • Collecting keepsakes
  • Taking your baby home
  • Deciding about a funeral
  • Certificates and registration
  • Leaving hospital – going home
  • Grief and grieving
  • Right and benefits
  • Follow-up appointments
  • The weeks and months ahead

Read or Download Saying goodbye to your baby


This booklet also forms part of our free Bereavement Support Book.

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