Here are other organisations that can support parents, siblings, family and friends who may be grieving the loss of a baby from stillbirth or neonatal death.
CFC assist families financially in England and Wales who have to arrange a funeral for a baby or child aged 16 or under. The government’s Children’s Funeral Fund (CFF) came into effect in 2019 but not all funeral costs are covered, CFC will be able to guide bereaved families through the process and help with any shortfall.
SAIF represent the smaller independent privately owned firms. You can put in your postcode and search for a funeral director in your area, enabling you to view all the funeral directors close by.
NAFD mostly represent the larger businesses; such as the Co-Operatives, who perform 85% of UK funerals. On their website you can search for a funeral director in your area.
They have a help and support line that is always answered by a parent who has been previously bereft. Therefore, help is always at hand. Their telephone lines are open during the day from 10am – 4pm, then in the evening from 7pm – 10pm. They are simply there to listen if you need someone to talk to, or indeed they can offer to put you in touch with a local group that can support you. Their lines are open all year round.
This website will give you further help and guidance on what your legal requirements are for the part of the UK you reside in. It provides a link so you will be able to find your nearest local authority register office. They also provide useful links on your entitlements as parents for maternity and paternity leave from work, and indeed what your financial entitlements are as well.
CBUK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.
Deciding you’re ready to see a counsellor is a big step. Counselling Directory will guide you through the process of finding the right counsellor for you.
Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it wherever they are in the UK.