Sands - Saying goodbye to your baby

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 section talks about seeing and naming your baby, registering their death and arranging their funeral.  

This chapter includes the following sections: 

  • Seeing and holding your baby
  • Naming your baby
  • Washing and dressing your baby
  • Deciding on a funeral for your baby
  • Before the funeral
  • Preparing your baby for the funeral
  • Accompanying your baby’s coffin to the funeral ceremony
  • The ceremony
  • Funerals arranged by the hospital
  • Burials
  • Cremations
  • Funerals arranged by funeral directors
  • Forms you will need
  • The service
  • After the funeral - cremations
  • After the funeral - burials