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Supporting families with baby loss

02 June 2024
Volume 32 · Issue 6


Kirsty Knight, founder of charity 4Louis, discusses the charity's work to support families and train healthcare professionals in the difficult times surrounding baby loss

Losing a child is one of the most heart-wrenching experiences a family can go through. 4Louis understands this pain because they lived it themselves. 4Louis is a UK-based charity dedicated to providing support and comfort to families affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or child death. They also work to improve the care these families receive from healthcare professionals and other organisations.

When someone loses a child, it is like their whole world shatters. It can be so isolating, but that is where 4Louis comes in. The charity creates memory boxes, meant to be a ‘cuddle at the worst time’, filled with keepsakes and mementos to help families create lasting memories. They are the charity's way of saying ‘you are not alone’.

My name is Kirsty Knight, and I founded 4Louis with my parents, Bob and Tracey McGurrell, after losing my first child, Louis, to stillbirth in 2009. Louis' death turned our world upside down, and it was through that loss that we realised just how important it is to have support and tangible memories to hold onto when a child dies.

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