Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018


This week, people all across the UK are commemorating and recognising those who have lost babies, with charities lighting up buildings in pink and blue in the hope that parents who have experienced this devastation will not feel alone in their grief.

Baby Loss Awareness week is now in its 16th year, and is a collaboration between more than 60 UK charities. Being held annually between the 9th and 15th of October, this commemorative week applies to anybody who has lost a baby – no matter the stage of the pregnancy or birth, and continues into infancy. Baby loss is something that affects thousands of people each year. In order to provide parents with the care that they need, the Baby Loss Awareness charity are now calling for improvements in research and bereavement support. They also hope that raising awareness will break the silence around this topic.

Here at the Black Swan, our pink and blue lights are shining until the 15th of October to show recognition and support for those who are suffering with bereavement. This is amongst other places in Helmsley also showing support, such as the All Saints Church. These lights are shining in a bid to encourage conversation around baby loss, which will hopefully create a community of individuals that can help and support each other.

A picture of our lights can be found on our Instagram page, and any guests who would like to share their support can take a picture and share on social media, using the tag #BLAW2018. Additionally, the Baby Loss Awareness charity have created a visual representation of the effects that baby loss has on families, whilst showing the public how they can help to raise awareness. Click here to see more.