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A box of memories

02 February 2020
Volume 28 · Issue 2
 The Sands memory box contains comforting objects for bereaved parents to remember their baby
The Sands memory box contains comforting objects for bereaved parents to remember their baby


Sands, a stillbirth and neonatal charity, is relaunching their memory box—a healing mechanism used by midwives to support bereaved parents

The Sands memory box is a tool for midwives, and those supporting bereaved parents, to provide sensitive opportunities to begin the lifelong process of acknowledging and remembering their baby.

Sands works to ensure the right care and support are available at the right time after the death of a baby. We provide bereavement support that is evidence-based, accessible to all and available when needed.

This year, we are relaunching the Sands memory box. The new box is designed to be a tool to enable midwives to start conversations about the choices parents have, to enable them to start establishing continuing bonds (Worden, 2009), and to meet the needs of bereaved parents now and in the future. It contains items which provide comfort, helps healthcare professionals support families to establish enduring bonds with their baby and offers clear, useful information. How immediate support and guidance is offered sets the tone for that family's bereavement journey going forward.

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