Below is a list of other charities and groups we think you might find useful.
AvMA – Action Against Medical Accidents
We wish we had been aware of AvMA as soon as our child died. They have specialists working for them who have expert knowledge of how best to approach the complaints process, preparing for an inquest, or choosing legal representation if needed. AvMA is ‘the’ UK charity for patient safety and justice. They provide free and confidential clinical negligence support. Visit their website for further information.
The Compassionate Friends
TCF is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child/children. They offer support both directly to bereaved families and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.
They recognise that many who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others similarly bereaved and wish to extend the hand of friendship.
Care for the Family – Bereaved Parents Support
The Bereaved Parent Support team want to help any parent who has lost a son or daughter of any age, in any circumstance and at any stage along their journey of grieving.
Harry’s Rainbow was set up by our good friends Odette and Lee Mould following the tragic death of their son Harry, aged 5. Harry was a twin and left behind his twin sister Jessica. The charity aims to support the children affected by the death of a very significant family member, such as a parent or sibling, by providing resources, group activities, trips and family outings. In addition, they run a monthly “Rainbow Group” for the children and their families.
Everyone has heard of the Samaritans. They offer a 24/7 telephone support service for times of crisis. Our founder Joanne found there were many times in the first few months after Jasmine died that she needed someone to talk to in the lonely hours in the middle of the night. They are there to listen.