Helping you through and honouring your baby
Developing a network of parents who understand your loss can be hugely beneficial to bereaved parents. The Bereavement Group is an informal, supportive group where parents can meet other parents who have spent time on Ward 35 with their baby or babies who have sadly died. We support the group with room hire, refreshments, advertising and materials (such as craft materials). The group also holds special sessions for bereaved siblings, helping them to remember and honour their lost sibling. This group is facilitated by staff from the Neonatal Unit and is supported by Tiny Lives. Due to COVID-19 the Bereavement Group is currently on hold. However, you can access support through the Bereavement Team on the RVI Neonatal Unit, or get in touch with us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We operate a dedicated fund for the Neonatal Unit Bereavement Team, which can be used for a variety of items to help support parents through the bereavement process, and to help honour the baby’s passing with the utmost respect. These include baby bath products and hooded towels so that parents can have the experience of giving their child a bath, material which is then crafted into burial gowns suitable for smaller babies, and more.
These keyrings are a precious keepsake for bereaved parents. They come in two parts, a removable heart charm and a circular keyring. The heart is kept with the baby after they have sadly passed, and the keyring is kept by the parent, symbolising that their little one will always have a piece of their heart. We also supply a twin version of the keepsake, with two removeable charms.
When you’ve lost a baby, there’s nothing more precious than the memories you have with them. We help to fund memory boxes for the Neonatal Unit, which are filled with items such as their baby’s admission bracelet, their Miniboo, neonatal dummy and sometimes clothing or a lock of hair – anything that will help parents to remember their little one.
We supply the Ward 35 Bereavement Team with high-quality digital cameras, complete with memory cards and accessories, in order to let parents take priceless photos in the time they have with their little one. We also pay for these pictures to be confidentially processed and delivered to parents as soon as possible.
When a family loses a baby, it can often be a huge and emotional challenge to explain this loss to a sibling, especially if they’re younger. To help with this we fund a special book for siblings that parents can use to help support them through this difficult conversation.
Every year, a memorial service to remember babies that have sadly passed away at the RVI is organised by Women’s Services at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Foundation Trust. We support this service by funding a memorial candle for each parent, and also by spreading word about the service to parents from Ward 35 who may benefit from it.
This list is constantly growing to meet the developing needs of the Neonatal Unit. If you have an idea for something that would have helped you or someone you know on the Unit, we’d love to hear it. Please email email@example.com.