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Support meetings

Due to the current situation, normal meetings are suspended.  Instead, we are running support meetings on Zoom.

These take place every month and are confidential meetings with two Sands Befrienders present.  

There are two different monthly meetings – one for more recently bereaved parents, and another for parents who may be pregnant or considering another pregnancy following a loss. 

Next meetings for recently bereaved parents: Tuesday 4th August 7.45 – 9pm; Tuesday 1st September 7.45 – 9pm

Next Pregnancy After Loss meeting: Tuesday 28th July 11 – 12.15

Please contact us by phone or email if you would like to be invited to a Zoom meeting.

We are also still able to offer individual phone support for any parent, from a trained volunteer Sands Befriender.  Please contact us at any time and we can arrange a call.

Tel: 07710010026  Email: info@westlondonsands.org.uk

The main Sands helpline is open too:
0808 164 3332 Monday to Friday 9.30 – 5.30 and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 – 10pm. You can email the helpline if you prefer: helpline@uk-sands.org

The information below describes the meetings before the Covid outbreak:

Evening support meetings run from 8-10pm, usually on the 4th Thursday of the month. Bereaved parents can come as a couple, on their own, or with a friend or relative.  No babies or children, but pregnant mothers are welcome, with an understanding that they are sensitive to recently bereaved parents and those for whom future pregnancies may not be possible.

Daytime meetings are usually on the 2nd Friday of the month. These are held in two parts.

The first part, 11am-12:45pm, is for bereaved parents with no babies or children present.  As with the evening meetings, pregnant mothers are welcome, with an understanding that they are aware of the sensitivities of others.

The second part, from 1.00pm – 2.45pm  is a “Children & Pregnancy After Loss” meeting.  Parents are welcome to come to afternoon meetings        once they have attended at least two of the morning or evening meetings.  This is for those who wish to bring their older children, are considering another pregnancy, are already pregnant after loss, or have had another baby. Parents are welcome to attend whichever of the meetings is most suitable, and can stay for both if they would like to.  Babies and children are welcome at this second part of the meeting.

All the support meetings are hosted by two befrienders, and are a confidential space.  There is no obligation to talk and parents can share with others as much, or as little, of their experience as they wish to.

If you would like to know more about our meetings, which are held in Chiswick, please contact us:

Tel: 07710010026   Email: info@westlondonsands.org.uk

Evening Meetings 2020  –  from 8 – 10pm

Daytime Morning Meetings 2020 –  from 11 – 12.45

and Afternoon Pregnancy After Loss – from 1pm – 2.45

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