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This is the podcast for Held In Our Hearts. We are a local charity providing baby loss counselling and support to families, with over 40 years’ experience of offering compassionate bereavement care in the community.
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This podcast's topic is about subsequent pregnancy after loss, which we know can be one of the most conflicting times for bereaved families to face, filled with complex and often contradictory emotions. Angie Alexander chats to two of our befriending team Heather Taylor and Gemma Brady, who share their own personal reflections of pregnancy after the loss of their precious daughters Eilidh and Tilly. They also share practical advice and guidance that helped themselves and also through the support they have offered to families over the years who have faced a subsequent pregnancy after a loss.  We hope that the podcast can help you if you are thinking about a subsequent pregnancy or are pregnant again, giving some reassurance and comfort that you are not alone in how you are feeling. If you would like to know more about the support we offer for families who are pregnant again after loss, please email info@heldinourhearts.org.uk
Welcome to our fifth podcast where Nicola our CEO talks to Tina Brehmmer and Tracy Watt about how it feels to be bereaved on Mother’s Day.  Tina faced her first Mother’s Day last year without a living child after her son Angus sadly died in 2019 and Tracy shares about living with the loss of her son Lewis.  We discuss how we remember all our babies on this day. We hope it may help other bereaved parents and gives an insight into the many ways loss affects us.For more information on how Held In Our Hearts can support you or a loved one, please visit - Held In Our Hearts - Providing baby loss counselling and support
Join us for our fourth podcast where our host Nicola Welsh talks to Corrienne McCulloch, Tracy Watt and Margaret Follon.   They are all bereaved mums with very different experiences of loss from 2 years, 39 years and 30 years ago.  We discuss how our own personal grief has changed over time but also how the support being offered to families has also changed.   We talk about ways in which we cope at Christmas and remember our little ones throughout the year.   Some have set traditions which help them and others wait and see how they feel nearer the time or on the day.  We all grieve and remember differently and it was nice to give ourselves permission to do what feels right at the time without pressure or judgement.  We hope this episode helps bereaved parents feel less alone at Christmas and may help them reflect on ways they might remember.  It might also be useful for anyone supporting someone they know who has lost a baby and don't know what to do or say at Christmas.   For more information on how Held In Our Hearts can support you or a loved one, please visit https://heldinourhearts.org.uk
Join us for our third podcast where our host Nicola Welsh talks to Grant Christie, Mikey McLeod and Pete Easterbrook.   They are all fathers who have all experienced the loss of a baby and have trained as male befrienders with Held In Our Hearts.  We discuss how it feels to be a bereaved dad and the need to support their partner and family whilst also finding their own voice and how they navigated their way through their own journey of grief and loss with the support and kindness of Held In Our Hearts.   We talk about what it is like for both parents to be grieving at the same time and society's reluctance to ask men 'how are you?' and why it is hard for men to really tell others how they are truly feeling after their baby dies.    We share support available for men within the charity and how this has evolved over the years and talk about the Whatsapp support group , the football team and how to reach out for support.   For more information on how Held In Our Hearts can support you or a loved one, please visit https://heldinourhearts.org.uk
Join our second episode host Nicola Welsh as she chats to Rebecca Rooney, who talks about her precious daughter Charlotte and how she made the first steps to return to work at The NatWest Group. Rebecca also discusses those first difficult days returning after her loss and what steps her manager put in place to support her. In this episode we also talk about how managers and work colleagues can support a member of the team return to work after a loss and how important this is to the bereaved parent.  For more information and support on how Held In Our Hearts can support you or a loved one, please visit https://heldinourhearts.org.uk
The first episode is here! Join episode host Angie Alexander as she chats to Nicola Welsh, Chief Executive of Held In Our Hearts, who shares about her own personal journey as a bereaved parent and her involvement with the charity initially as a volunteer and now as the CEO. In this episode we also talk about Baby Loss Awareness Week and the importance of that movement in breaking down barriers and encouraging conversation about baby loss to reduce the isolation families feel.For more information and support on how Held In Our Hearts can support you or a loved one, please visit https://heldinourhearts.org.uk
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