Grief following elective termination of a pregnancy

Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is difficult and can result in many mixed feelings. Being able to talk through the decision-making with a trusted GP or a counsellor can be helpful in that it enables a woman to explore the choices she has. An elective termination or...

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Grief after a stillbirth or death of a newborn baby

The birth of a baby is expected to be a joyful event, not a sad one. No-one expects a baby to die and so the death of a baby brings many intense feelings. The grief of the parents may be overwhelming. Factors Affecting How People Grieve there are many different...

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Grief associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

The sudden unexplained death of a previously healthy baby is described as sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, sometimes known as cot death. It happens out of the blue and the shock and grief can be intense for parents, remaining children, grandparents and other members of the family. The exact cause of...

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Grief following a miscarriage

A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before 20 weeks of pregnancy. About 1 in every 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage; some women miscarry without having realised they are pregnant. With the realisation that the pregnancy has ended, the sense of grief and sadness can be overwhelming for both...

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