Additional Support

Additional Support

Additional Support

For bereaved parents:

We understand that it can be confusing and overwhelming when you are looking for support and resources after you’ve lost a baby. Here are some of the useful resources available for bereaved parents to get you started.

 

  • #BabyLossHour – on Twitter, every Tuesday evening at 8pm UK time. Search for the hashtag and listen or join in with the conversation with other bereaved parents.

  • Instagram – many bereaved parents have accounts on Instagram; more so than on other social media platforms. Begin by searching for #babyloss or the type of loss you’ve experienced e.g. #stillbirth #miscarriage #tfmr #neonatalloss.

  • Tommy’s run a private baby loss support group on Facebook, which you can request to join here.

    • Brené Brown is a research professor who has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She rose to fame after giving a TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability which is now one of the top 5 viewed TED talks in the world, and has since released a series of books.

 

 

  • A more recent talk from her is The Call to Courage, which includes mention of trying for a baby after loss. It can be accessed on Netflix.

  • The Parent.Hood is hosted by Marina Fogle who herself experienced baby loss after her son Willem was stillborn. Whilst this podcast covers all areas of parenting, there are several episodes which focus on loss and Marina often speaks openly about her experience.

  • Fertility Life Raft is hosted by Alice Rose who has experienced both loss and infertility. Her podcasts feature interviews with a range of people who have had similar experiences.

  • Grief Cast is an award-winning podcast which features interviews from comedians about their experiences of grief. The aim of the podcast is to break down the taboo around bereavement and grieving.

  • Ask Me His Name is Elle Wright’s story of finding hope after the tragic loss of her son Teddy.

  • Grief Works by Julia Samuel (who is a grief psychotherapist and Patron at Child Bereavement UK) contains real stories of loss and survival, and provides psychological insights along the way. It includes a chapter that focusses specifically on child loss.

  • Trauma is Really Strange by Steve Haines gives a short but clear summary of what trauma is, how it affects our minds and bodies, and how it can always be overcome.

  • Coping with Pregnancy Loss by Petra Boynton provides practical advice and self-care strategies to help you cope during or after loss, alongside ideas that will enable you to make sense of what’s happened.

  • Option B was written by Sheryl Sandberg (COO at Facebook) after her husband died suddenly. It focusses on how to build resilience and find joy in the face of adversity.

  • These Precious Little People by Frankie Brunker was written to help bereaved parents explain the loss of a baby to their living children.

  • Meant To Be by Lisa Faulkner may be helpful if you are coming to terms with the knowledge that you may never have a living biological child of your own; and particularly if you are now considering adoption.

  • Still Standing Magazine – contains articles and stories from other bereaved parents.

  • Terminations Remembered – for parents who’ve had to make the incredibly difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy for medical reasons (TFMR).

We will keep adding to this page over time so please do check back regularly for more recommendations from the Petals team.

For friends and relatives of bereaved parents:

We know it can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone close to you loses a baby. Please click the button for some information and tips.