preterm baby funeral
funeral,preterm-babies stillbirth preparation.
Occassionally a pregnancy doesn't always run smoothly ending in the preterm -babies loss.
A late misscarriage over 24 weeks and baby has to have a funeral or cremation.Babies that have passed away before this time can still have a baby funeral or cremation but in the UK the law inst compulsary.
Experiencing a stillbirth is one of the most distressing situations a family can go through. For the pregnancy loss that ended early with baby being born of a very low birth weight doesn't mean that baby will be wisked away without the family having had time to see hold and say goodbyes anymore. Times have changes and nursing staff are more willing to let families grieve with dignity. baby doesnt have to be wrapped in just a blanket any more as the tiny baby bereavement store here at Cheeky Chums have tiny clothes from 5 inches in length.Aimed for the smallest premature baby loss.A family gets the chance to dress baby in something precious at least once before being laid to rest for a final sleep.
few pointers in case you know a close member of the family that has to be induced as baby didnt make it to full term (stillborn birth).
Mum can have close family members at the birth for final cuddles.
Mum can bath baby after passing away with gentle cotton wool balls and warm water, the snug, first wash.Pat dry with a soft flannel over delicate baby.
Mum can own 2 baby berevement clothing sets one to dress baby in and the other to keep for treasured memories.Mums find this very comforting many years down the line.
Create as many photos as you can with the family holding baby.
If baby returns to the funeral directors send a micro teddy for baby's casket baby snuggles close to keep forever.The sizes are so sweet and tiny from 1 inch.
Appropriate baby berevement cards can also be sent to the family, a comforting message when spoken I'm sorry words seem not quite enough.
Planning a funeral for a pre term baby
for babies under 24 weeks gestation (into pregnancy then loss) you do not need to have a funeral serviceYou dont get a death cirtifcate for babies under 24 weeks. For babies 24 weeks and above a baby must be buried or cremated by law.
A member of the family needs to take charge of being in charge it can be dad aunty or grandparent or a close friend due to the shock and emotional distress that occurs to the immediate family.Wheever takes charge needs to make sure the parenst have full support on any decisons made.If they do not feel baby can be buried just yet then thats fine. What you need to concider is embalming which is done through a vein. tiny babies can be seen soon after passing away but as a little baby is very fragile.then cuddles and hugs should be done soon after birth,baby will need to be kept cool so the funeral directors can keep baby safely once family have had a chance to say a final goodnight.If there needs to be an autopsy baby can be taken to the funeral directors which the hospital can arrange for you.
A funeral can be anything the parents desire such as a service at home then to church for burial or cremation.A quiet event with a prayer poem or a few songs.further down this page are asome appropriate baby funeral ideas.
we recommend this time to be used as a celebration of life that baby had if only for a short while here on earth.It will help the parents come to terms that baby was here for a purpose to show love that bonds a family together in moments of sadness.
- small family gathering meet at the parents house decorated with colourful balloons.Baby in casket covered in a cool room so family can say goodbye.funeral cars take baby to graveside for quite poems,burial then back to family home for a birthday party celebration.
- funeral cars meet outside family home everyone travels to crematorium preacher says a few words and lullaby songs are played before committal.urn is scattered at a memorial garden for babies at churchyard.
- Small service at funeral home, baby buried at family plot in graveyard.family meet at community centre for a family meal children’s songs played.
- family meet at home, cars proceed to church, favourite children’s hymns chosen,baby buried in new grave plot. A couple of helium balloons released with messages tied to string from family members or children sent up to heaven for baby.Family meet back at home for cake and coffee.
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http://www.tcf.org.uk – Compassionate Friends leaflet on preparing for the funeral of a child. http://www.ifishoulddie.co.uk/planning.htm – general information about planning a funeral service.