Welcome to North Herts Sands!
Support meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of every month. Please see our Support Meetings page for more details.
These are currently being held via the Zoom online platform - join our facebook group for more information or contact our befrienders. Please do not be put off contacting us because the meetings are online; our befrienders are still here for you!
Our next meeting will be via Zoom. Please email support.NorthHerts@sands.org.uk for the link to join.
Virtual Ceremony of Remembrance 2021
As part of Babyloss Awareness Week 2021 we will be holding a virtual memorial service, in conjunction with East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. This will be filmed in advance and put online on Sunday 10th October at 3pm.
The service will feature readings and music from bereaved parents and staff from the Lister Hospital.
As part of the service, the chaplains at the Lister Hospital will be reading out the names of babies we have lost, known or cared for. If you would like your baby's name read out please email the details to Mary Porter email@example.com
If you are concerned about the pronounciation of your precious baby's name please arrange for Mary to telephone you, or send her a voice file of the correct pronounciation.
If you have any questions please contact Mary on the above email address or contact our Chair Cathy Beach by emailing Chair.firstname.lastname@example.org
More Befrienders and committee members Needed - Can You Help?
Would you like to help provide vital emotional support to bereaved parents in the area?
North Herts Sands is urgently looking for another befriender. A Sands befriender provides crucial support to anyone affected by the death of a baby. This will be on a rota/ shared basis with other befrienders from our Group. The role may include support via email, Facebook or phone and helping with/ leading monthly support meetings. Please note, a befriender must:
- Complete a Befriender Training course -Please note that courses book up quickly.
- Have been a bereaved parent for at least one year
- Have attended at least 4 support meetings (ideally before their training) before they become a befriender, in accordance with Sands guidelines.
Please note that the befriender training courses are currently being held online. They fill up quickly,so if you wish to consider becoming a befriender please do get in touch for more information.
New befrienders will need join the committee once their training is complete. Committee meetings are held approximately quarterly and it would be very useful if you could attend these. However, there are no expectations about this or your level of involvement beyond your befriender role - it is up to you.
We are also looking for other committee members if you would like to get more involved without becoming a befriender. We would particularly like someone to oversee our fundraising activities but if you have any skills or simply time you can offer we would love to hear from you.
If you or anyone you know is interested in helping, please contact
Cathy Beach, North Herts Sands Chair chair.NorthHerts@Sands.org.uk
We Are Here For You
North Herts Sands is a local group of volunteers, most of whom have experienced the loss of a baby. We were established over 15 years ago as a local branch of National Sands, which was founded in 1981.
We are here to support parents and families who have lost a baby, particularly during late pregnancy, birth or shortly after birth. We are also working towards improvements in local care during pregnancy and when a baby dies.
We offer support through monthly meetings, telephone and email support and through our Facebook group. Those who attend the support meetings are all bereaved parents. We can also provide you with information and resources. Please feel free to get in touch any time using any of the contact details on the left of this site. All of our services provided are free of charge.