Now more than ever Sands is here to support all staff working in the NHS.
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on both bereaved parents and NHS staff.
Front-line NHS workers in hospitals are under unimaginable pressure supporting bereaved families when a baby dies, in the very best way they can. This can be challenging for professionals who are also trying to manage their own emotions and may feel unprepared and daunted.
Now more than ever Sands is here to support all staff working in the NHS. We are experts in supporting healthcare professionals to respond to, and cope with, bereavement, putting us in a unique position to help alleviate pressure on the NHS.
If you are working in the NHS, we have lots of support, online resources and training to help equip you with the confidence and skills to care for families when the worst happens. You can see these listed at the bottom of this page.
The death of a baby is life changing for families, and excellent care is crucial to their long term wellbeing.
When NHS staff are well supported, families are well supported.
How you can get involved
- Watch and share our animation showing the importance of this support to staff and the impact it has on the care families receive.
- Help us spread the word about our support to the NHS, listed below.
- Email your MP, MSP, AM or MLA and ask them to get local health leaders on board here.
- Walk with us to raise funds to support this vital work.
Our support, resources and guidance for NHS staff
Please see the support we offer listed below.
Up to date information on the COVID-19 pandemic
Bereavement support services
Our bereavement support team is here for anyone affected by the death of a baby, including professionals and can be contacted by telephone, email and social media. Find out about how to access our support services here.
Accredited bereavement care training for professionals
COVID-19 means our face-to-face training is postponed, so we have adapted our training into a series of free webinars focusing on how best to support parents and families when a baby dies. Read more about the content and sign-up here where you can also express an interest in arranging face to face training once it’s up and running again in future .
Sands memory boxes
Our free memory boxes are a fundamental evidence-based tool for professionals to deliver good bereavement care. They help families to establish a positive connection with their babies and start forging a parental bond that will endure after saying goodbye. Read more about Sands memory boxes and order them free of charge here.
The Sands Bereavement Support App
This app aims to help bereaved parents and families to find the right information and support at the right time. The app can also be used by healthcare professionals, who would like to know how best to support bereaved parents and their families.
The Sands Bereavement Support Book
Designed to guide families through this most difficult of times, our bereavement support book is available to download free and is also a useful reference for professionals.
Communication tips for healthcare professionals
Good communication can’t take away the pain parents and families feel but it can reduce the impact of trauma, both in the short and long term. Download our guide on sensitive and empathetic communication here.
The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP)
Local Sands Groups
Our groups are not meeting person at present, due to the restrictions around COVID-19, but many are holding virtual meetings and still available for professionals to refer families on to. Find your local group here.
Sands professionals e-bulletin
We send out a regular e-bulletin for professionals including news and updates from Sands and others. See previous issue and sign up here.
Support for bereaved families
If you are visiting this page as bereaved parent, family member, or anyone else affected by the death of a baby, Sands is here as a safe space to grieve and to find support. All the ways in which we provide support are listed on this page.