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Bereavement support

The death of a child is the worst thing that can happen to a family. But it can be survived – and survived well – if you get the support you need.

We’ve supported a lot of families who’ve been through the darkest of days. So even though every family is completely different, our experience can be a great comfort to you. 

What you can expect 

We do offer counselling, while recognising that it’s not for everyone, but we also offer loads more besides. Informal talking is important, too, so you can talk to us or other families. We also have specialist support for siblings.  

Immediately around your child’s death

Our Snowflake Suite could help you say a proper goodbye to your child. You can also have photos taken, make memory boxes, or create a heartbeat lullaby. We can register your child’s death for you, and speak to the undertakers, if it’s too much for you to do. We’ll support you with arranging and getting through the funeral. We can help you with deciding what to do with your child’s ashes afterwards, and what to do about their bedroom.

The whole family is welcome here

Our bereavement support is for the whole family, including siblings and grandparents. Grandparents feel not only the loss of their grandchild but also the pain of seeing their own child suffer. The rest of the family needn’t even know, if that’s what the grandparents prefer. 

We work with schools and other organisations

We’d be more than happy to work with your child’s school or any other group which was close to them. We can talk to teachers and children to help them understand what has happened and what you’re experiencing, so they can be a better support to you. We can also help them deal with their own sense of loss and their desire to remember and commemorate your child. 

Longer-term support

You may like to talk to other families who’ve also been bereaved, or come to one of our memorial events. If you'd like to stay connected to Forget Me Not and receive updates and invites to events, please let us know here.

Our bereavement support for families is funded by the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund