5 ways you can help, baby died, advice, support, family, friend, stillbirth, neonatal death

Talk about their baby – spend some time talking about their baby. Sometimes people avoid the subject for fear of causing distress but many bereaved parents want their baby acknowledged.

Let them know you are thinking about them – a simple text, card or email goes a long way. If you know them well, you might want to call them and ask how they are. It’s okay to ask ‘How are you?’

Offer practical help – when a baby dies it can be very hard for parents and families to do everyday tasks such as walking the dog, going shopping or cleaning the house. Offer to help in a practical way.

Remember their baby – light a candle for their baby during Baby Loss Awareness week. Remember their baby’s birthday and send them a ‘thinking of you’ message.

Give them the Sands Freephone helpline: 0808 164 3332 – our helpline team offer a safe, confidential space for anyone affected by the death of a baby. We offer support by telephone or email and may be able to refer them on to a local Sands Group.

Baby death is still a taboo subject, we want to change that. We support bereaved parents and families from across the UK and from many different walks of life. One thing many of them have in common is that they feel isolated from their close friends and family after their baby has died. If you know someone you think has been affected by the death of a baby, talk to them about it.