“After Ethan’s passing we were given a memory box, with Ethan’s keepsakes inside, although only a small & simple item, this has & continues to bring us immense comfort. We are able to look back over these things which bring back our happy memories of Ethan.”
Tiny Lives plays an integral role in supporting bereaved families both within ward 35 and also Women’s Services Directorate at the RVI. This includes providing funding for:
Memory boxes on both delivery suite and ward 35 where parents may keep treasured mementos of their baby such as photographs, name/cot tags, umbilical clips etc.
- The Women’s Services Annual Memorial Service where parents and extended families can remember their baby and light a candle in their memory.
- Digital photographs, sheets, blankets, baptism shawls, and a book for siblings to help explain the process of bereavement.
- A Quiet Room on ward 35
- The costs of travel and attendance at appropriate study days, ensuring relevant training for staff and enhancing practice in such a sensitive area
For information about support for bereaved families see here.
Staff on the ward are always looking for ideas and new innovations to enhance their practice on the sensitive subject of bereavement. Anyone who has fresh ideas is welcome to put their thoughts forward by contacting us, so that we can forward these to the appropriate staff on the unit.
“They gave me the chance to meet my baby sister. They supported us through the toughest time of our lives. They understand. The work and effort they put into each little bundle is unbelievable. They supported us even when Katie passed away, so this is why I still support Tiny Lives”
There is also a Facebook buddy group here which all parents who have experienced bereavement of a newborn are welcome to join.