York Sands are a voluntary group of mums and dads whose baby or babies have died. We offer emotional support to anyone who has lost a baby or babies during pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards. Although every experience is different we understand how devastating the death of a baby can be.

Whether your baby has died recently or some time ago, the effects of grief can be overwhelming leaving you with feelings of shock, disorientation, isolation and exhaustion.

It can be hard to take in information, to make decisions or to imagine how you are going to cope. Therefore, whenever your baby died we are here to offer support, understanding, comfort and a listening ear.

We also offer information, advice and support to family, friends, health professionals or anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby.



June is SANDS awareness month. Baby death is still a taboo subject. We want to change that. Our Finding the Words campaign aims to help anyone sensitively start a conversation with someone whose baby has died. We your help to break the silence around stillbirth and neonatal death. By sharing our short video on social media, you’ll help people to find the words to talk about baby loss

#FindingTheWords Share in our vision of a world where fewer babies die and where every bereaved family, wherever they live in the UK, gets the care and support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.

For so many, the pain of their baby dying is made worse when the people around them – family, friends, work colleagues or healthcare professionals – simply can’t find the words to talk to them about their baby. No one grieving after the death of their baby should have to do so in isolation. You can help to break the silence and help everyone find the words to talk to someone whose baby has died.


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