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Resources for bereaved parents and families

We are very sorry for your loss and very sorry you've needed to access these pages. Below is a list of resources and contact details for organisations who maybe able to help you during this difficult time. If you become aware of other organisations, do let us know so we can add these to our list below. 

National contacts:

Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC)
Helps and supports women and their families who are affected by or worried about pre-eclampsia and aims to raise public and professional awareness of pre-eclampsia.

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)
Offers non-directive individualised information and support for parents making decisions around antenatal testing, including when a baby has a significant anomaly.

Baby Mailing Preference Service (MPS) online
Free site where parents can register online to stop or help reduce baby-related mailings.

Bereavement Advice Centre
Offers information and advice for people with practical concerns after the death of someone close to them.

Offers support for families of premature or sick babies, including bereaved families.

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)
Offers advice and treatment for termination of pregnancy in the UK.

Child Benefit Office
Parents can contact the Child Benefit Office at HM Revenues and Customs for information about
eligibility, claiming and stopping Child Benefit.…

Child Bereavement UK (CBUK)
Provides support for families when a baby or child has died or is dying and offers support for children faced with bereavement. Offers training for professionals.

The Compassionate Friends
An organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents that offer support to others after the death
of a child or children.

Contact a Family
Provides support, information and advice for families with disabled children.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Offers support to bereaved people and training for professionals.

Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
Provides support and information for people who have had or been affected by an ectopic pregnancy, including health professionals.

Federation of British Cremation Authorities (FBCA)
Professional organisation of burial and cremation authorities in the UK.

Fertility Network UK
Provides support for people dealing with infertility and/or who are facing involuntary childlessness.

Funeral Payments – NI Direct
Financial help that is available for individuals on low-incomes in Northern Ireland who need help to
pay for a funeral that they are arranging.

Funeral Payments – UK Government
Financial help that is available for individuals on low-incomes in England, Wales and Scotland who need
help to pay for a funeral that they are arranging.

Gifts of Remembrance
Provides photography training for hospital staff and volunteers who support parents after a stillbirth or
neonatal death.

Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)
Professional organisation of burial and cremation authorities in the UK that promotes the improvement
of cemeteries, crematoria and public services.

Jobcentre Plus – Bereavement Services Helpline
Provides information about benefits claims.
Telephone: 0345 608 8601

Lullaby Trust
Offers support and advice for parents whose baby dies suddenly and advice on safer sleep.

Marie Stopes International
Independent provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the UK.

Miscarriage Association
Offers support and information for individuals affected by pregnancy loss and health care professionals.

Money Advice Service
Provides free and impartial money advice, including information for bereaved parents about benefits and
entitlements after the death of their baby.

Multiple Births Foundation (MBF)
Provides support and information for multiple birth families (including bereavement support) and information for professionals.

National Association of Funeral Directors
Provide support and guidance for funeral firms and bereaved families using their services.

National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM)
Sets standards for memorial stones and provides information for individuals who are choosing a memorial.

The Natural Death Centre
Offers support, advice and guidance for families and other individuals who are arranging a funeral, including
information about environmentally-friendly funerals and woodland burial sites.

Now I lay me down to sleep
An American website that puts bereaved parents in touch with professional photographers who will take
photographs of their babies at no cost. Site shows examples of photographs of babies of all gestations.
Photographers in the UK can also be found through the Find a Photographer page.

Our Missing Peace
Resources for bereaved families and a helpful repository of information under ‘useful links’ across the four
Home Nations.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Offers support to families in England with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Registry Offices for England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland
England and Wales: General Register Office
Scotland: National Records for Scotland
Northern Ireland: General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI)

Offers relationship support to help people strengthen their relationships.

Remember My Baby Remembrance Photography
UK-based charity who have professional photographers who voluntarily provide their photography services to parents whose baby dies before, during or shortly after birth.

Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity
Provides support and information for anyone affected by the death of a baby, before or after birth. National helpline, local parent-led support, literature and online support. Works to improve care when a baby dies and promotes research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

Offers confidential support that is available 24 hours a day to people who need to talk.
Telephone: 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI) for free.

Tamba Bereavement Support Group
Offers support for families who have lost one or more children from a multiple birth during pregnancy, birth or at any time afterwards.
(Part of the Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba)

Together for Short Lives
Offers support for families with children who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions and professionals
and services (including children’s hospices).

United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB)
Supports human milk banking and aims to provide safe and screened donor breastmilk for premature and
sick babies.

Winston's Wish
Offer support to bereaved children, their families and professionals.

Working Families
Helps working parents, carers and their employers balance home and work responsibilities. They also
provide information about parents’ rights at work and to benefits after they experience miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.