Support after the loss of a Child

As a blogger I read a lot of blogs to see what people write about, and  have been amazed and inspired by the variety of subjects chosen. The most emotional and heart-rending are the ones relating to the loss of a child.

When I met Mary from The Hearty Life  I was privileged to hear her share how she coped with life after the stillbirth of her baby Poppy.  Focusing on family and the roller coaster of parenting their two children, Mary and husband Nathan try to make the most of life whilst forever remembering Poppy.  It was this that led to the idea of Poppy’s Gift. Mary felt having a little set of your own hand knitted baby things was a comfort at this terribly sad time, and now they provide handmade hats, cardigans and blankets, to keep the babies born sleeping cosy.

If you know an organisation who would benefit from Poppy’s Gift please let Mary know.

For anyone affected by the loss of a child, support is available.

The Child Death Helpline is for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, however recently or long ago. The helpline is staffed by volunteers, they are all bereaved parents who are trained and supported by professional staff.  It is a listening service that offers emotional support, an opportunity to talk in confidence to someone who has also experienced the death of a child.

Open everyday of the year at the following times:

Monday to Sunday                  19.00 to 22.00

Monday, Thursday, Friday    10.00 to 13.00

Tuesday, Wednesday              10.00 to  16.00

It is a freephone number      0800 282 986

freephone for mobiles           0808 800 6019  

I felt it important to share this information, even if it helps just one person.


  1. Anca
    October 6, 2015 / 18:40

    It must be such a hard time for everyone in the family, it’s so important there is support to help them.

  2. October 5, 2015 / 18:18

    Thanks lovely!!! I remember the 1st time we met at blog on and I thought you were mint…you were hilarious and such a feel good person to be around.

    Thank you for Sharing Poppy and our story, Thanks for being aware xx

    • October 5, 2015 / 18:54

      Mary, that’s a lovely thing to say, I haven’t forgotten our conversation or Poppy. xx

  3. Tracey Williams
    October 5, 2015 / 18:03

    Such a beautiful post on one of the hardest subjects for a parent. I too had the privilege of meeting Mary and I am now a regular reader of her amazing and heartfelt blog. She has the amazing courage to share with her readers her beautiful Poppy, and the everyday adventures she has with her children x

  4. sixdegreesofharmony
    October 5, 2015 / 09:38

    Beautifully written and such an emotional subject x

    • October 5, 2015 / 10:19

      Thank you, yes it is an emotional subject.

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