If you are walking through Dorchester Borough Gardens, you may spot ribbons tied to the bandstand.
Our Forget-Me-Not Group is giving bereaved families the opportunity to come together during
#BabyLossAwarenessWeek (9-15 October).
Families are invited to display the names of babies being remembered on ribbons and tie them to the bandstand until 15 October.
Thank you to local mum Jess Beale for helping to organise the ribbon display.
Our thoughts go out to all those who are grieving the loss of a baby and the Forget-Me-Not Group is here to help.
Losing a baby is an incredibly painful and difficult experience for any parent, and it’s important to acknowledge the grief and seek support during this challenging time. In the UK, there are various resources and organisations that can provide guidance and support for parents who have lost babies. Here are some steps and suggestions for parents going through this difficult situation:
- Reach out to healthcare professionals: Contact your healthcare provider, such as your midwife or doctor, for guidance on physical and emotional recovery. They can also provide information about necessary medical procedures, like registering the stillbirth or arranging for a post-mortem examination if required.
- Lean on friends and family: Share your grief and feelings with loved ones. Talking to a trusted friend or family member can provide emotional support during this challenging time.
- Connect with support organisations: Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) is a UK-based charity that specialises in supporting parents who have experienced the loss of a baby. They offer helplines, support groups, and resources to help parents cope with their grief. Contact other local or national support organizations for assistance and guidance specific to your situation.
- Seek professional counselling: Grief counselling can help parents cope with their loss. Many counselors and therapists specialise in perinatal and infant loss and can provide you with a safe space to process your emotions.
- Take time for self-care: Grief can be physically and emotionally draining. Prioritise self-care, including proper nutrition, exercise, and rest. Find relaxation techniques or mindfulness exercises that help you manage stress and anxiety.
- Memorialise your baby: Some parents find comfort in creating memorials, such as planting a tree, creating a scrapbook, or participating in memorial events organised by support groups or organisations.
- Join a support group: Connecting with other parents who have experienced a similar loss can be extremely helpful. Many support groups and online forums provide a platform to share experiences and receive support from others who understand your pain.
- Consider legal and administrative aspects: Register the stillbirth with the local authorities, as this is required by law. Consult with legal experts or bereavement services to understand your rights and responsibilities in such situations.
- Take your time to grieve: Grief is a personal journey, and there is no set timeline for healing. Allow yourself to feel and express your emotions as they come.
- Explore the possibility of future pregnancies: When you’re ready, speak to your healthcare provider about future pregnancies and any additional precautions or support you may need.
Remember that the grieving process is unique to each person. It’s essential to reach out for help and support when you’re ready and to allow yourself the time and space to heal. You don’t have to go through this difficult experience alone, and there are people and resources available to help you navigate this challenging journey.
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