Clea Harmer, Chief Executive at Sands, has recorded a special message of support for everyone during these difficult times.

These are difficult and challenging times – and we are all coping with so many different emotions and feelings. For some there are feelings of fear and uncertainty; of being apart from loved ones; of loss of the life and the things that we normally do.

For those of you who have suffered the loss of a baby or a pregnancy, I know this might be a particularly difficult or painful time for you – with memories and feelings being triggered; being unable to mark anniversaries by visiting special places or in special ways; or by feeling overwhelmed and alone in your grief.  The most isolating of griefs in the most isolating of times. But we are there for you.

For those of you who are newly bereaved, you are coping with an unimaginable and painful loss at a time of enormous uncertainty; at a time when you most need your family and friends but they may not be able to be with you; and at a time when even your own pain and grief seems to get lost and go unrecognised in the events around us. But we are there for you.

For those of you who are coping with being pregnant after the death of a baby, the feelings of fear and anxiety are heightened even further and made so much harder to bear by not always being able to have someone with you at appointments or even during the birth. But we are there for you

I want you to know that it is OK to reach out if you need to -  or if you are having difficulty coping.

You matter to us; you are why we exist; and that is why we want you to know that we are here for you now, more than ever.

Everyone here at Sands is here to support you. 

With best wishes, 

Clea Harmer
Chief Executive, Sands