Every year, thousands of people are affected by the death of a baby or experience pregnancy loss.
This week more than 60 charities across the UK are collaborating to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy loss or baby death in the UK.
For those of us who have never experienced this loss, we often don’t know how to act or what to say to those who have lost a child and have absolutely no way of comprehending how parents who do sadly lose a child feel. We’ve not been there and my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced this loss. Here at Mumbler we are turning pink and blue this week to support Baby Loss Awareness Week.
There is a Wave of Light event at Doncaster Minster on Tuesday October 15th at 6.30pm – 7.30pm. The Minster will be open for anyone who wishes to come and light a candle and join the global #waveoflight in memory of babies lost in pregnancy or at/soon after birth.
I was contacted by one of the charities supporting the campaign, JOEL – The Complete Package, based in Worksop. JOEL – The Complete Package is a charity supporting families through pregnancy and parenting after baby loss, set up by Emma and Matthew Pearson, whose twin boys were born sleeping in 2011. I thought it would be good to share the support that this charity can offer parents.
Team JOEL offers support to parents online, via closed facebook groups and email. They have a range of free resources such as sibling resource packs, information for employers and a pregnancy rainbow pregnancy diary.
Their aim is to celebrate families as a whole and they are a very positive charity, helping families nationally.
Sarah, the Vice Chair for the charity says “Our Family Support Packs were created carefully with love and thought, by bereaved families, for bereaved families. Losing a baby is a life long journey and this pack is created to help and support parents through many different stages of emotions, feelings and moments. It has journal elements for you to complete as a family to record precious memories and spend time reflecting. The pack contains a comprehensive support directory, as well as a recommended book list for adults and children, plus a beautiful certificate of life, which can be displayed or kept in a memory box.”