Parents' Stories

Your stories are helping us to change the narrative around grief

Sharing stories of grief is vital in reshaping societal perceptions and fostering empathy.

Grief is a universal human experience, and often carries stigma and misunderstanding. By openly discussing our grief journeys, we break down barriers and encourage a culture of compassion and support.

Sharing stories of loss not only validates individual experiences but also highlights the universal nature of grief, emphasising that it knows no boundaries of age, race, or background.

It's our mission to help raise awareness of baby and child loss, the support available to families, and to challenge outdated notions of closure and strength, acknowledging the complexity and individuality of the grieving process.

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.

By embracing vulnerability and sharing our journeys, we pave the way for a more inclusive, empathetic society where grief is met with understanding, acceptance, and communal support.

#ChangeTheNarrative

To share what the CuddleCot means to you, email: yourstories@cuddlecot.com

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J. Walsh

UK

"Using the CuddleCot allowed us to spend extra time with our son that we wouldn’t have otherwise had. We’d see the alternative cold cots but it felt so clinical and the opposite of the Moses basket we expected. The CuddleCot allowed us to use a hospital cot and Moses basket, it really helped us to feel like he was still a baby."

S. Jones

South Carolina, USA

"I can't even explain how helpful the CuddleCot was to us. We have memories with our daughter that we never would have had. We got to hold her, kiss her, change her, take pictures with her, spend the night with her, just love her as our child. Time is a precious thing and we were so thankful that our hospital had a CuddleCot."

M. Murray

UK

"It was only after we said goodbye that I fully appreciated how vital the CuddleCot was for us. If we didn’t have it then we would not have been able to create such precious memories. I am eternally grateful for the CuddleCot and I believe that it is vital for all bereaved families to have access to one."

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J. Jackson

I would like to say thank you to Cuddle Cot for existing and being available at my local hospital. My son was stillborn at 36 weeks in June 2019 and I had (like most people) not heard of a Cuddle Cot but it was without a doubt the most treasured aspect of the care we received. We were able to spend the saddest yet most special moments of our lives with him and that was all down to the Cuddle Cot. The alternative (which I believe some people probably forget) of retrieving him from the morgue and worrying about him being cool would have been detrimental in our time of need and I really do feel so grateful we were able to have access to it. Thank you!

Sally Frost

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“I got to spend the most precious two hours with Rachael, Tom, Henry and his other Nannie and Auntie.

Thank you for this precious joy of meeting my darling grandson.”

C. McDonald

UK

"When we lost our son Abel in October 2023, we had never heard of a CuddleCot, nor could we ever have imagined the importance of one. Without one, we would not have been able to spend such precious time with our son when he passed. The gift of time is invaluable, and due to people’s generosity and the help of 4Louis - we were able to help other families all in our son’s memory." 

Bethany Casey

UK

“I thought that I would have felt too freaked out by it (CuddleCot). But we used a CuddleCot in the hospital when my son was stillborn last June and it was great for us."It gave us the opportunity to spend a few days with our baby rather than him lying in a funeral home alone, and it was so special to be able to hold him and make memories, like taking his footprints and photos together etc before we had to say goodbye."

"I'm so grateful that we got that opportunity, just being able to use a CuddleCot meant that we got that time together to say goodbye that we never would have had otherwise”

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Leslie

OHIO, USA
"Our experience would not have been what it was without the use of the CuddleCot … walking through the motions of the best and worst day of our lives … bringing comfort knowing we were not rushed.
My memories of that day, while fogged with sadness, have a sense of serenity and peace I will never be able to describe.
Thank YOU for helping aid our grief in a time we didn’t know we would need it.
We appreciate your service and your mission to help other newly bereaved families feel the way we did … a time of sorrow, but not of bitterness.
Thank you so kindly for … everything 💚
- Willow’s Mom, Leslie 🍃" Founder of Be like The Willow

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. 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 more links to grief support 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