Coping with loss

The death of a baby during or after pregnancy is heart breaking and devastating. There is definitely help and support available, whether the loss was recent or happened many years ago.

SANDS- Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, provides emotional support, comfort and practical help to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy of shortly after birth. SANDS have a network of around 100 local SANDs support groups throughout the UK. These are run by dedicated volunteers, most of whom have themselves been affected by the death of a baby.They can provide locally- based support and advice to bereaved parents and family. SANDS also offer support to professionals affected by this area.

SANDs can provide a Family Support Pack with a multitude of information leaflets to provide support and advice to bereaved parents on topics such as:

  • Saying goodbye to your baby
  • Supporting children when a baby has died
  • Future pregnancies after baby loss
  • Returning to work
  • Information to employees
  • Information for fathers and grandparents, friends and family

Contact information for the local SANDS group:

Website: www.southamptonsands.org.uk

Phone no: 07970 981 550- for texts or calls

Email: sands.southampton@hotmail.co.uk

Meetings are also held at Marchwood Village Hall (SO40 4SX) see the website for dates and times.

SANDs Helpline:

Phone no: 0808 164 3332

Email: helpline@sands.org.uk

Website: www.sands.org.uk

There are many other charities and support groups available locally or nationally that you can contact:

The Firgrove Centre: A registered charity offering free confidential help and support for women and/or partners who may suffer from emotional difficulties following a termination of pregnancy, miscarriage or baby loss during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Address: 107 Firgove Road, Shirley, Southampton SO15 3ET

Phone no: 02380783134

Email: firgrove@talk21.com

Website: www.thefirgrovecentre.org.uk

The Lilies: Offering the same services as The Firgrove, providing a safe place for women and/or their partners to talk, in the Eastleigh area.

Address: 20 Romsey Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9AL

Phone no: 02380 652464

Email: office@thelilies.co.uk

Child Bereavement UK -offer online information and support when a baby or child dies or when a child has experienced bereavement.

Website: www.babyloss.com/index.php

Email: support@babyloss.com

Helpline no: 0800 028 8840

Child Death Helpline is for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, under any circumstances, however long ago.It is run by trained volunteers, all of whom are bereaved parents.

Telephone: 0800 282 986 (Freephone)

0808 800 6019 (Free for mobiles)

Email: contact@childdeathhelpline.org.

Simon Says- Hampshire based charity providing information and resources to bereaved children and their families:

Phone: 02380 647 550

Email: info@simonsays.org.uk

Website: www.simonsays.org.uk

The Lullaby Trust- provides emotional support for bereaved families.

Phone: 0808 8026868 (free phone)

Email: support@lullabytrust.org.uk

Website: www.lullabytrust.org.uk

Compassionate Friends

Phone: 0345 123 2304 (national helpline-10:00-16:00 and 19:00-22:00)

Email: helpline@tcf.org.uk

Winstons Wish- Childhood bereavement Charity

National Helpline: 0808 802 0021

Email: Info@winstonwish.org.uk

Website: www.winstonswish.org

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