A group of parents have turned tragedy into a support group to help those in a similar situation deal with the loss of a baby.
A local branch of Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) is being set up by four members; Sophie Meakin, Katy Mundford, Sandii Raithby and Stuart Raithby – to help other parents come to terms with bereavement. Sands is a nationwide charity which supports anyone affected by the death of a baby and pioneers research into preventing the loss of a baby.
Sadly, Katy is a bereaved parent to Isaac for seven years and was previously heavily involved with the Leeds Sands group before she moved to Cleethorpes a year ago. With her great knowledge, she is also one of the groups’ befrienders; which she has undertaken extra training for.
Member Sophie has been a bereaved parent to Heidi for almost three years. She said: “At the time of my loss I found very minimal help, no support groups that I felt suitable for me were close to Grimsby and it was such a struggle to deal with such a big loss.
“Although Sandii and Stuart are not bereaved parents, they are both fantastic people who really do care for others and have great passion for the Sands group.
“Our goal is for any bereaved parent to feel comfortable to talk about their baby in a safe and understanding environment. “
The group are looking forward to welcoming potential members on Wednesday, June 6, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Holiday Inn Express, Grimsby. It will subsequently run on the first Wednesday of every month. The group is open to anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby including; a grandparent, family member or friend.
It will be a warm environment with people who have also dealt with the devastating loss of a baby so people attending won’t feel alone in their struggle.
In addition to the group meeting, there will be two craft fairs at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall, the first on Sunday, May 13 from 10am-4pm and the second on Sunday, June 10 From 10am-4pm. A few fundraising games will take place, as well as members being able to answer any questions anyone has about the group and what their aims are.
If you need help advice, if you are going through stillborn bereavement you can contact the sands here: Visit here.
Freephone: 0808 164 3332