Compassionate, sensitive, family centred bereavement care can have a significant impact the wellbeing of families in both the short and long term. Good quality care provides families the opportunity to grieve safely and may contribute to the prevention of conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Listed below are a selection of resources you may find helpful as you care for families.
Resources for Healthcare Professionals
We publish a range of tools and resources intended to support healthcare professionals as they care for parents.
Memory Making Materials
Memory making materials include Memory Boxes, Hand and Foot Print Kits, Family Support Packs and our bereavement support book, all of which can be ordered using the following form.
The Sands Guidelines - 4th edition
Since the Sands Guidelines were first published in 1991, they have become widely recognised as an essential benchmark for good practice when caring for parents who have a childbearing loss.
The 4th edition of the Guidelines is based on research findings and on widespread discussions with health professionals, parents and voluntary organisations. It covers losses at any stage during pregnancy, including early and late miscarriage and termination for fetal anomaly, as well as stillbirth and care for very ill babies and those who are likely to die shortly after birth. As well as describing what constitutes good care, the Guidelines offer practical guidance on how to meet parents’ needs.
The Guidelines are available to purchase in hard copy or electronic format. Order copies of the Sands Guidelines here.
Engagement letters for parents (PMRT)
Letters to engage parents in the Perinatal Mortality Review process
We've created letter templates which have been designed to help healthcare professionals to engage parents in the Perinatal Mortality Review process, in conjunction with the use of the Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT).
Post mortem consent
Due to the sensitive nature of the material, some of the information in this section is likely to be upsetting and cause distress to bereaved parents and their family and friends.
Therefore, if you are a bereaved parent or family member or friend seeking information about post-mortem examination, please see our free booklet: Deciding about a post mortem examination: Information for parents.