Today is the first day of #BabyLossAwarenessWeek and we kicked off the week with our Baby Loss Awareness Training Day. We welcomed 50 healthcare professionals and funeral directors to Colney Woodland Burial Park in order to receive free training to promote understanding around baby loss.
Delegates from across the county heard talks and presentations from TimeNorfolk staff and past clients, staff from Rosedale Funeral Home and Jacqueline Lake, Norfolk Coroner.
Bob and Tracey McGurrell of the charity 4Louis travelled from Tyne & Wear to demonstrate their memory boxes, which they provide free of charge to bereaved parents who suffer a stillbirth or neonatal death. Attendees were also given a tour of the GreenAcres Colney woodland.
The aim of the day was to improve awareness and understanding of the issues around the death of a baby, bringing professionals from many different organisations together to share best practice.
After a successful training day in 2016, we decided to run the day again. After positive feedback in 2016, the demand for the day was very high with the bookings becoming full very quickly and a waiting list in place.
Lesley said: “This day once again was so well supported by health professionals and funeral directors from over the county. The aim of the day was to raise awareness around issues of baby loss and also explore aspects of best practice. We are so pleased, we feel that this has been achieved today, it was great to see so many people networking, which we hope will lead to better care following the loss of a baby. ”
We were very well supported by the Norfolk community. GreenAcres Colney offered free use of their Woodland and Gathering Halls. Lunch for delegates was sponsored by Peter Taylor Funeral Services and all other costs were sponsored by Smith & Pinching Insurance Brokers.
We hope that the impact of todays training will have a lasting effect across the county and will result in excellent bereavement care for all who have experienced a loss.
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