Aside from love from family and friends, an official shoulder to lean on is a hugely welcome support.

Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, exists to try and reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby in the UK receives the best possible care and support.

One of the major questions a bereaved family goes through after the death of a baby is Why? Sands works to better understand the causes of baby deaths with funded research programmes, awareness drives and education about the issues relating to baby loss.

First and foremost, and the primary use we have had from Sands, is the bereavement support services it offers. These include the Sands Freephone helpline, mobile app, online community, family support packs, memory boxes and over 100 regional support groups run by trained befrienders. All things that a bereaved family needs and wants in the aftermath of tragedy.

Through donations and fundraising Sands helps support the charity's primary vision of a world where fewer babies die and ensures bereaved families get the care and support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it. 

Help that we have accessed and appreciated on the long road we are on to acceptance and the way forward.

Sands is one of the charities Gravelly Barn will be supporting in its Vision Matters Exhibition. This was due to take place in July but because of the coronavirus situation this has been postponed to a date yet to be decided. 

Lucy Klimowicz