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Free Grief support

Everyone grieves in a way that is unique to them and their relationship with the person who has died.

Some people prefer to talk to family and friends, some to bereavement counsellors like those on our free Grief Chat service.

Others prefer to find support in online communities, books and podcasts.

 

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FAQ's about the CuddleCot

The CuddleCot device is offered to grieving parents so that they may spend extra time with their baby after they have died.  

The CuddleCot keeps baby cool, allowing families to keep their baby nearby, create cherished memories, facilitate family visits, and provide time to make arrangements without feeling hurried. 

Each case will be slightly different. On average, the CuddleCot is used for 3 to 5 days, but we believe any decision should always be made with the family and health professionals. 

The CuddleCot gently cools baby and helps to slow down the natural processes after death. Baby its wrapped in their blanket with the CuddleCot cooling pad so that parents can hold their baby, without fear of temperature fluctuations.  

No, the CuddleCot moves distilled water around the cooling pad to gently cool baby to a temperature that won’t harm them. Parents can comfortably hold their baby when they are wrapped with the CuddleCot pad and blanket. Ask your healthcare professional how to do this. They can find training at: CuddleCot.com 

What do parents do with the gift of time? 

There is no right or wrong way to spend this precious time with your baby. 

  • Some families choose to use the time to dress baby in a favourite outfit, take foot and hand prints, read stories to their baby, play music to their baby, and to take family photographs and videos of themselves and family with baby.

 

  • Some families choose to invite family and friends to meet their baby, for example grandparents and siblings. 
  • The gift of time can also be useful in allowing parents to recover from mediation effects or exhaustion.   
  • Many parents use this time to make funeral care arrangements and find comfort in keeping baby close to them rather than in a mortuary. 

You can find ideas for memory making in our Family Support pages at here

Speak to your healthcare professional about the options available to you. 

 

With the CuddleCot Parents can make precious memories with their baby

Healthcare professionals can help you create keepsakes

Yes, the CuddleCot makes a low humming noise as it keeps the pad cool, like a desk fan. (Do not cover the CuddleCot machine or vents)

Unlike a traditional cold cot, the CuddleCot enables families to hold their baby in their arms without compromising baby’s condition and causing fluctuations in temperature. 

The CuddleCot works by keeping baby cool to preserve their condition, whilst not too cool that the parents can’t hold baby.  

When baby is taken out of a cold cot their body temperature can be affected, and this can lead to appearance changes and shorten the time families have with baby. 

 

Unlike a cold cot the CuddleCot enables families to keep baby cool without worry of temperature fluctuations

To talk to a counsellor for free, or to find further resources and organisations who can help you, click here. 

 

FAQ's about the CuddleBlanket

The CuddleBlanket device is offered to grieving families so that they may spend extra time with their loved one after they have died.  

The CuddleBlanket is designed to keep children and adults cool, allowing families to keep their loved one nearby, create cherished memories, facilitate family visits, and provide time to make arrangements without feeling hurried. 

The CuddleBlanket is a reliable and trusted alternative to cold bedrooms and visting loved ones in a mortuary. 

The CuddleBlanket is used by hospitals, hospices, funeral homes and in family homes.

Each case will be slightly different. On average, the CuddleBlanket is used for 3 to 5 days, but we believe any decision should always be made with the family and health professionals. 

The CuddleBlanket gently cools and helps to slow down the natural processes after death.

The CuddleBlanket can be used with any bed or cot.

A soft cooling pad is laid on top of the child or adult, followed by a CuddleBlanket insulated blanket. This ensures that they are kept at a consistently cool temperature.

Some families choose to lay their own duvet cover or blanket over the top of the CuddleBlanket insulated blanket.

Fluid is gently cooled and moved around the cooling pad ensuring that your loved one is reliably kept cool.

No, the CuddleBlanket moves fluid around the cooling pad to gently cool to a temperature that won’t harm them.

Family and support communities can spend precious time with their loved one.

What do we do with the gift of time? 

There is no right or wrong way to spend this precious time with your loved one. 

  • Some families choose to use the time to  take foot and hand prints, read stories to their child, or play music to their loved one for example.
  • Some families choose to invite family and friends to visit, for example grandparents and siblings. 
  • The gift of time can also be useful in allowing parents to recover from mediation effects or exhaustion.   
  • Many families use this time to make funeral care arrangements and find comfort in keeping their loved one close to them rather than in a mortuary. 

Speak to your healthcare professional about the options available to you. 

Yes, the CuddleBlanket makes a low humming noise as it keeps the pad cool, like a desk fan.

(Do not cover the CuddleBlanket machine or vents)

Unlike a cold bedroom or visiting a loved one in a mortuary, the CuddleBlanket enables families to visit their loved one in a setting of their choice. 

The CuddleBlanket works by keeping a child or adult cool to preserve their condition, whilst requiring the entire room to be cooled.  

Some families prefer to keep their loved one close rather whilst they make arrangements, rather than in a mortuary.

 

To talk to a counsellor for free, or to find further resources and organisations who can help you, click here. 

 

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The CuddleCot can offer families the time to create precious memories, keep their loved ones close, enable family and friends to meet their baby, and the time to make necessary arrangements after a death.

To help you decide if the CuddleCot is right for your family, you can read other parents experiences of using the CuddleCot here.

The CuddleBlanket can offer families the time to create precious memories, keep their loved ones close, enable family and friends to visit, and the time to make necessary arrangements after a death.

To help you decide if the CuddleBlanket is right for your family, you can read other parents experiences of using here.

There is no right or wrong way to spend this precious time with your baby.

Some families choose to use the time to dress baby in a favourite outfit, bathing baby, read stories to their baby, play music to their baby, and to take photographs and videos of themselves and family with baby.

Some parents choose to invite family and friends to meet their baby, for example grandparents and siblings.

You can find suggestions for memory making on our Memory Making Page

Healthcare Professionals can help you create keepsakes like foot and hand prints

Some of the wonderful charities supporting families after loss:

The Lily Mae Foundation offers a comprehensive and unique range of supporting programmes to bereaved parents, their families and friends via 1-1 Support services, monthly meet ups, online groups, their podcast and more.

The foundation was created by Amy and Ryan Jackson in 2012 after losing their precious daughter Lily Mae in 2010. Since then it has gone on to support parents and families who have tragically lost babies to Stillbirth, NeoNatal Death, Miscarriage and Medical Termination.
Visit their site here (UK)

Féileacáin (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support) was formed by a group of bereaved parents to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby around the time of birth, and the organisation is now the national charity supporting families affected by perinatal loss. Visit their site here. (Ireland)

MOHA, hopes 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 unimaginable pain and heartbreak surrounding loss. Visit their site here (Texas, US)

PALS services include an online magazine, online support groups, local meet-ups, outreach and education, resource listings for families and healthcare providers, and more. Visit their site here (Minnesota, US)

Find organisations supporting bereaved parents here.

Find charities supporting families and fundraising for CuddleCots and CuddleBlankets around the world here.

Do you need to speak to someone now?

24 HOUR SUPPORT LINES

Samaritans 116 123 (UK)For anyone, at anytime, for any reason
Childline0800 1111Support for 18yrs & under and their relatives
Silverline0800 470 8090Support for the over 50's

 

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