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The loss of your child

Bereavement Services can offer practical advice and support regarding what happens next. This will be an opportunity for you to discuss the next stages with you and look at all your options.

We can arrange a blessing if you wish, offer advice on registration and help with arranging to see your baby and help you create a memory box for your baby or child.

We also can assist with the funeral arrangements offering support and guidance to help make your choices. We can help with questions you may have and decision making, taking the pressure from you and giving you support at this very difficult time.

The Loss of Your Baby booklet

The Loss of Your Child booklet

Patient information leaflets for bereavement services


Baby Loss under 24 weeks

Bereavement Services can offer support and advice should you need it.  We can organise a blessing assist in making memories and we can also offer guidance when it comes to making funeral arrangements following your wishes.      


Baby Loss over 24 weeks

Bereavement Services can offer support and advice should you need it. We can organise a blessing assist in making memories and we can also help make funeral arrangements following your wishes.  The registration of baby must be completed before a baby can be buried or cremated if he/she was born alive and then died or was a stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy.


Unexpected death of a child

Following the death of a child who has died unexpectedly at A&E or the children’s ward, it will be necessary for the Consultant Paediatrician and the police to visit the child’s home. This is an essential part of the process and we recognise this is distressing.

All sudden, unexpected deaths have to be reported to the Coroner by law.  To establish the cause of death the Coroner will order a post mortem.

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Visiting update

To protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community, we are again restricting visitors to all our hospitals sites so please read our latest guidance for full details before coming to our hospitals.

The decision to restrict visitors during this time has been very difficult and made only after careful consideration as we witness wider social restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in light of the highly transmissible OMICRON variant.  The guidance will be reviewed regularly.