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When a baby dies

We hope that this page can help explain what you might experience now and in the future, in terms of practicalities

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Supporting brothers and sisters

It is common for parents to feel worried about how any other children will be affected by their sibling’s death. You may be concerned about the difficult task of discussing and explaining the death, especially when you don’t have a reason for how or why it happened.

Terms of Website Use

Please read these terms and conditions carefully before using this website.  We recommend that you print a copy for future reference, and check back regularly as these terms and conditions may be updated from time to time.

Our Scientific Advisory Group and Grants Committee

All our safer sleep information is peer reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Group, who are experts in the field of SIDS and infant health and care practices. We also have a dedicated Grants Committee who assess funding applications.


The Lullaby Trust has a range of publications that provide support and advice. Some of our leaflets are available in multiple languages.

Grieving and common feelings

When someone we love dies, we experience overwhelming feelings of loss and sorrow, which we call grief. When a child dies, it is especially devastating, and is often said to be the most painful experience anyone can go through.

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Bereavement support:
0808 802 6868
Information & advice:
0808 802 6869