Bereaved parents in Wakefield are able to spend more time with little ones after death with the donation of a CuddleBlanket

Bereaved families in Wakefield, Northern England, will benefit from the donated blanket which gives the gift of precious time with a loved one after they have died.

CuddleBlankets are insulated blankets that use cold to help preserve the body of a loved one and give families a longer period to spend with them.

Following the death of their daughter, Maggie Pearl Parsons, in 2015, Sarah Bernasconi-Parsons and her husband Mark launched Maggie’s Stillbirth Legacy to raise money for CuddleBlankets and CuddleCots for older children and infants to donate to trusts and organisations across the UK.

Receiving the donation and training from Maggie’s Stillbirth Legacy are, from the left; Tracey Green (practice educator Children’s Services); Sam Verity (matron for Children’s Services); Sarah Bernasconi-Parsons (Maggie’s Stillbirth Legacy);, Sarah Boron (lead nurse, child death and bereavement support) with Kiera Allen, MY Hospitals Charity.

Sarah said: “When our daughter died, the CuddleCot meant that we could have three days with Maggie to create precious memories. Finding out that not every family had access to CuddleCots was quite upsetting.”

The trust, which also runs Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, and hospitals in Pontefract and Dewsbury, has a CuddleCot which is suitable for children up to two years old.

Sarah Boron, Lead Nurse for child death and bereavement support at Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust, contacted Sarah following researching ways to support families that have lost an older child, to find out more about CuddleBlankets.

Sarah Bernasconi-Parsons added: “When Sarah Boron contacted me to ask questions about the blanket it was brilliant timing – I had almost reached my target to purchase my next blanket and was looking for the next Trust to gift one to. I asked Sarah if they had one – which they didn’t – I said great, I’ll donate one!” To date, Sarah has donated four CuddleBlankets.

Sarah also provides training for staff on how to swiftly, sensitively, and compassionately set up the equipment around the grieving family.

Sarah Boron said: “We’re so grateful to Sarah and Maggie’s Stillbirth Legacy for the amazing equipment she has provided us with. We always try to put parents in mind when dealing with the death of a child, something Sarah is very knowledgeable and passionate about.

“The death of a child is a devastating and traumatic experience for parents. Having access to the Cuddle Blanket will allow families more time to process what has happened and help them start their grieving process.”

Read the full article here.

Posted in

Teeside couple donate a CuddleCot to hospital in memory of their baby boy

A couple from Teesside donated a CuddleCot to North Tees hospital after losing their baby son was born sleeping. Helen and Chris Snow, from Thornaby, unexpectedly lost their son, Teddie, in May 2021 in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Born at 37 weeks the couple discovered Teddie sadly did not have a heartbeat. Thanks to a CuddleCot…

Mother honours lost baby with 5 years of support for grieving families

CANADA. Katie Pereira-Prebble and Zach Prebble’s first son, Lincoln, died just before he was born in 2018. Since then, Lincoln’s parents have grieved, and also dedicated themselves to supporting other families affected by infant and pregnancy loss. This year, the day after Lincoln’s fifth birthday, they will be raising awareness around infant and pregnancy loss at…

Grieving couple donate CuddleCot to hospital in memory of their baby son to mark 2nd anniversary of his death

A grieving couple have donated a cuddle cot in their baby son’s memory to mark the second anniversary of his death and provide some comfort to families experiencing similar heartbreak. Emma Hughes and Dwayne Webley’s son Jaziah Webley was stillborn at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital on August 22, 2021. The couple were told that Jaziah…

Thornaby mum donates CuddleCot after ‘perfect’ baby girl died from rare condition

A mum who lost her baby girl to a rare condition has donated a CuddleCot to the hospital that cared for her daughter. Nancy Jo Anne Rogers defied doctors’ expectations time and time again and lived a “perfect” yet heartbreakingly short life. Lisa Rogers had to say goodbye to her nine-month-old daughter after she was…

Bereavement Consultant, Steph Wild, features on the MOHA Network podcast

Mothers of Held Angels (MOHA), based in the USA, is on a mission to create a voice for grieving mothers who have held their baby after their passing, to provide immediate day-of-loss resources and ongoing bereavement support for all family members, and to raise public awareness about the pain and heartbreak surrounding stillbirth and neonatal…

Lincoln City Hospital receives CuddleCot donation from Warner Grange and Clackamas Pomona Grange

Members of the Warner Grange and Clackamas Pomona Grange donated a CuddleCot to the Family Birthing Center at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, Oregon. The gift was gratefully accepted by the unit’s nurse manager, Jen Pierce, BSN, RN. “I am in awe of this generous, compassionate donation,” Pierce said. “As a nurse who…

Mum whose son died during labour runs a charity foundation in his name

Sharon and her husband Jas founded the Luca Foundation in 2018 to help raise money for the NHS to have CuddleCots since losing their son Luca in 2012. It’s the devastation that no parents want to experience. Sharon Luca-Chatha and her husband Jas, from Coventry, lost their son Luca in 2012 and had to endure a…

What is a CuddleBlanket?

In times of grief and loss, finding solace and comfort is paramount. We understand the emotional journey families face during such difficult moments, which is why we created the CuddleBlanket™. This innovative and compassionate offering aims to provide solace and a lasting connection for grieving families. The CuddleBlanket™ is a cooling blanket for those who…

CuddleCot to help Melbourne families through a traumatic time

AUSTRALIA. BASS Coast Health (BCH) and Gippsland Southern Health Service were fortunate to receive a CuddleCot from Melbourne family Kit and Blake Norrish, who raised funds to enable the charity Bears of Hope to supply CuddleCots to hospitals. Kit and Blake lost their first baby Arlo on 2 January 2023, but were able to spend…

CuddleCot donation will serve as a light to grieving parents

The Birth Place at Iredell Memorial Hospital in North Carolina has recently received a donation of a CuddleCot to support mothers grieving the loss of a child at birth. Brooke and Corey Schneckloth, who donated the CuddleCot, have felt this pain firsthand and wish to help others who have similar experiences. “Our son, Theo, was…