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Offering support to cope with baby loss grief

6 October 2016

Sherwood Forest Hospitals will be offering support to bereaved families to help cope with baby death during Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Taking place between October 9 and October 15, the week commemorates the all too brief lives of babies lost and gives bereaved parents, families, friends and those involved in their care a crucial opportunity to talk openly about the subject of losing a baby.

Melanie Butcher, Bereavement Support Midwife at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Sadly, there are times when families experience devastating losses. Providing help and understanding to bereaved parents, their families and their friends is extremely important to us.

“We hope that by acknowledging Baby Loss Awareness Week we can help families feel less isolated by loss and raise awareness of the additional services that we as an organisation provide.”

Information stands will be situated in the King’s Treatment Centre at King’s Mill Hospital on 13 and 14 October from 9am to 4pm. Whether families have been affected by the devastation of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, babies being born asleep or babies who have lived for only hours, days or weeks, health professionals will be on hand to signpost them to charities that can provide additional support.

Tea lights will be also be given out to visitors so they can take part in the global ‘Wave of Light’, which is recognised as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day across the world. Starting at 7pm on October 15, these candles can be lit privately or with friends. If left burning for one hour, there will be a continuous wave of light across the whole world.

Melanie added: “With the Wave of Light, families have the opportunity to be part of something united, and can see they are not on their own, and we hope this will help to make any distressing time a little gentler.”