Each year The Lullaby Trust joins other leading baby charities to raise awareness of baby loss and campaign to secure the support of MPs for the provision of better bereavement care. Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place 9-15th October. During this week families all over the world will commemorate the lives of their babies and share memories of the all too brief time they had together.
In 2016 The Lullaby Trust also chose to raise awareness of babies who die suddenly and unexpectedly over the age of one. Each year around 18 children die without explanation. The Lullaby Trust is currently funding research into Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood to try to find out why it occurs and whether there are things that can be done to prevent it.
The week ends with the global “Wave of Light’ on Saturday 15th October, where candles are lit across the globe as part of the international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
If you want to talk to The Lullaby Trust our free bereavement support helpline is open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 6pm-10pm during the weekend 0808 802 6868
How you can get involved
Light a candle
The Lullaby Trust will light a candle at 7pm on 15th October in memory of all the babies and toddlers who have died of SIDS. You can take part by lighting a candle at home or in a communal space. You can also tweet a picture of your candle @lullabytrust and we will retweet it to our community of followers so that we can remember those babies together.
Share special memories
One of the aims of Baby Loss Awareness Week is to remember precious little ones who were with us all too briefly. We are asking people to share special memories and photos on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #RememberingBaby and then a further hashtag with baby’s first name so others can follow the thread. Feel free to share as many memories as you want.
A key part of Baby Loss Awareness Week is breaking down the taboos around talking about baby loss. We want people to be able to open up and talk about their experiences and their babies. Please share our posts and join the conversations on social media and involve family and friends in remembering. If you know someone who has been bereaved and want to reach out to them but aren’t sure how, our resources can help
Support our work
The Lullaby Trust does not receive government funding and relies entirely on supporter donations to fund research into SIDS and sudden unexpected deaths of children over one as well as supporting bereaved families and raising awareness of how to reduce the risk of SIDS. Here are some ideas for activities that can be carried out throughout the month of October. For more ideas on how you can help please click here
Holding a remembrance coffee morning
Holding a coffee morning can be a way of bringing together family and friends to remember a special little one. There are still around 5 babies and toddlers a week dying suddenly and unexpectedly in the UK and the money you raise at your coffee morning will help us support those affected and aim to reduce the number of babies’ lives lost.
Walking a Mile in Memory
A Miles in Memory Walk is an opportunity to get friends, family and colleagues together to share a short walk, remember a loved one and raise money for The Lullaby Trust.
Holding a bucket collection and/or sell Baby Loss Awareness pin badges
Bucket collections are a great way to raise funds, remember loved ones and also raise awareness of The Lullaby Trust and Baby Loss Awareness Week. You can also support the week by requesting our special Baby Loss Awareness pin badges on a sale and return basis.
Texting 'BLAW16 £5' to 70070
Every penny we receive from our supporters goes towards supporting more bereaved families and helping us to reach our goal of halving SIDS deaths by 2020.