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If you are visiting this site because you or someone close to you has lost a baby, please accept our deepest sympathies.

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The death of a baby is a devastating experience. The effects of grief can be overwhelming and parents, their families and friends can be left feeling dazed, disorientated, isolated and exhausted. It can be hard to take in information, to make decisions or to imagine how you are going to cope.


Dumfries and Galloway Sands is a voluntary group of parents who have all experienced the death of a baby, either during pregnancy or soon after the birth. Our experiences vary widely but we all share the common experience of grieving for our children and trying to find a way to live with our loss. We are not a professional health team or trained counsellors, just parents who know how devastating the death of a baby can be.


Your baby may have been stillborn or died during or soon after birth. He or she might have spent some time in a special care baby unit. It may be that your baby died at an earlier gestation or that you had to make the heartbreaking decision to end your pregnancy. We offer support whenever your baby died.

How can we help?


We have four befrienders (bereaved parents who have received some training).


Our aim is to offer support, understanding, comfort and most importantly, a listening ear. We are able to offer telephone support and one to one personal support. 


You may not want anything from us right away. We are here to help whenever you feel you need it. That may be now or in a few weeks, months or even years.


Your call will be welcome and you will only talk to someone who has, like you, experienced the death of a baby before, during or after birth. Sometimes we may be unable to answer your call immediately, but please leave a message and we will call back as soon as we can. We are unable to reply to calls unless a message has been left. if you feel more comfortable texting, that is fine. 


07864 709228

Next Support Meeting

The next support group meeting is planned for

  • 7th November: 7.30pm

and we welcome anyone touched by the death of a baby to join us.

The meeting will be held at our office at 107 Irish Street Dumfries.

Many people feel that only others who have experienced the death of a baby can offer real understanding of the pain and heartbreak that they are feeling and the support group meetings allow you to connect with other bereaved parents, grandparents and others who share your pain and loss.

The support group is an informal setting and is only attended by people who themselves have lost a baby or their families. You will not be pressured to speak and sometimes it’s nice just to simply come along and listen.

If anyone would like more information about these meetings or would like to express an interest in attending then please email [email protected]

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