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Guernsey Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) is part of a nationwide network of local groups to provide emotional support, practical help and care to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth of shortly afterwards.
Guernsey Sands is part of the UK network of Sands groups that support anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. Sands offers support and information for parents, extended families, friends, and health professionals.
The Guernsey Sands committee is run on a voluntary basis by local people who have themselves experienced the death of a baby. The group’s main role is to help bereaved parents and families through support and advice.
Guernsey Sands also gets involved with the following:
Providing support by a trained befriender
Working with staff on the PEH Loveridge and Frossard wards with a view to improving training, support and care in this area
Raising awareness and working with the media
Memorial services and events
Sands memorial garden
Regular community meets
Online community groups
Members of the public can volunteer to join the committee, help out with projects and/or train to be a befriender by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sands Befrienders play a vital role in offering support to bereaved families. The reassurance of talking to someone else who has been affected by the death of a baby and who is nearby to phone or to meet is invaluable.
Each year in December, Sands’ groups hold Lights of Love services in churches across the country so that families can come to remember their babies at a non–denominational service.
Guernsey Sands held their first Lights of Love service in 2012 and are proud to offer this opportunity locally to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child at any stage or age of that child’s life. The service is an opportunity to honour the loved ones no longer with us, before we celebrate Christmas.
The Guernsey Sands Memorial Garden in the Foulon Cemetery was established in [Date] and is dedicated to the memory of all babies who have died. It is a tranquil place of reflection where families can remember their own baby in peace and is open all year round.
BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK 2018 LAUNCHES IN GUERNSEY 29/09/2018
Guernsey Sands will be hosting a Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Walk to raise awareness of pregnancy and baby death in Guernsey during Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 (9th to 15th October).