When a Child or Baby Dies
When a child dies it is often a very difficult time for everyone involved. Usually, there are a range of professionals (like midwives, nurses and bereavement teams) who will offer emotional and practical guidance. They will also be aware of a wide range of groups that can offer short or long-term support.
Depending on the child’s age and where they have died, there are a range of funeral options available, and these will start to be discussed with you by the healthcare professionals involved. With the right support you can start to consider what is best for you, your friends and family.
Some families prefer for the funeral to be planned and take place without them. In many areas, this can be arranged by the healthcare professionals involved. In other cases, families and friends may wish to be involved (in varying degrees) in planning the funeral and may wish for few, or many, people to be present when the funeral takes place. As with any funeral, this involvement may help to support your grieving process.
If you choose Full Circle Funerals, we will support you to consider your choices to create a funeral that best reflects the life of the child that has died. We will help you as much or as little as you want and will make no assumptions about what is right for you.
You may wish to spend some time with your child after they have died and we can support you to do so in a way that feels right to you. You may want us to be with you, or you may wish to be alone. We work in a flexible and person-centered way so that we can support you even if you aren’t sure what you want, or if you change your mind.
There are also many memorial options available, such as molded footprints and handprints, fingerprints art or jewelry, personalized teddy bears, memory books and portraits. We have information available on all of these and can tell you more about these when the time is right.