New baby bereavement group
14 February 2019
A new bereavement group is now available for families of stillborn babies and early infant loss (SAILS).
SAILS takes place on the third Friday of every month between 7pm
- 9.30pm and the next group meets tomorrow (Friday 15 February).
The venue is St Augustine's church hall in Thorpe Bay.
Barbara Black, Bereavement Co-ordinator at Southend University
Hospital, set up the group having been deeply moved by a couple of
news items concerning stillborn births and early death babies.
Barbara recalls: "I read a story called 'I lost my baby - please
ask me his name'and then I watched a TV programme calledChild of
Mine; I was so moved I wanted to help those who have suffered the
loss of their babies."
Supporting Barbara with expert help and guidance is Amanda
Cushing, a Bereavement Support Midwife at Southend University
Hospital. Amanda is mainly based in the Delivery Suite but also
works across the community, from Canvey to Great Wakering,
supporting families who have gone through the loss of their
Amanda said: "I'm a midwife by trade and I'm also a bereavement
counsellor and volunteer for Fairhavens. So I will be
bringing these skills to the SAILS group. The group enables
bereaved people to meet others going through similar situations and
it would help them feel less alone."
If you wish to know more about the SAILS group please
call Barbara on 07969 099396 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PICTURED (l-r): Barbara Black, Bereavement Co-ordinator
and Amanda Cushing, Bereavement Support Midwife