If you have come to this page you are or have someone close to you that is experiencing the loss of a baby.
I am a mother who has also lost a child, please accept my heartfelt best wishes at this torrid and traumatic time.
My loss has sent me on a journey, I am now a funeral celebrant and would be honoured if you would like me to guide and assist you through the extremely difficult days ahead, in planning and conducting a funeral service.
I have gathered the below information in the hope that it will be of some benefit as you navigate your way through what lies ahead. The following information is just that, information. Take your time to digest and decide what direction you will take. There is no right or wrong in the decisions you make, and you might change your mind again and again, and that’s okay.
If you are currently in a hospital, a Social Worker will be coming to speak with you, if this has not taken place, please ask the nursing staff to arrange this as soon as possible. Remember, don’t be rushed into anything, take your time making any decision that needs to be made.
When you are ready, please feel free to contact me on 0419 539 087 , or reach me via my contact form.
SUPPORT FOR YOU
Miscarriage, stillbirth & newborn death support
You or a family member may like to contact SANDS. You can visit them online at www.sands.org.au, or by phone 1300 072 637.
This organisation offers telephone support 24/7. The person on the other end of the phone has experienced the loss of a baby and is there for you with compassion and understanding. Some parents find that attending a monthly meeting with other parents that have lost a baby is helpful. If you feel that this might be beneficial, contact SANDS for more information.
In 1989 I too lost a child. When I was feeling up to it I completed the relevant training and became a telephone support parent and a Convener or monthly meetings so I have seen firsthand how SANDS and their volunteers have made a difference to bereaved parents and their families in our community.
Literature available from SANDS website MOMENTS: Capturing memories of your precious baby FOR GRANDPARENTS: A booklet for grandparents whose grandchild has died, before, during or shortly after birth. CARING FOR YOUR OTHER CHILDREN: A booklet to help parents care for children, following the death of a baby FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS: A booklet to help family and friends understand and support parents after miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.