Little Hearts Matter is always here for anyone seeking support at any point of their Half a Heart Journey. That support continues even after a child has died.

Bereavement support line

It can be very difficult finding the right sort of support after the loss of a child. The Little Hearts Matter Bereavement Support Service offers parents the chance to link with other parents who know what it is like to lose a child because of a complex heart condition. They understand the pain of loss and the importance of being able to reach out to others to help them feel less alone.

Ruth Mellor, Bereavement support volunteer

Hello, my name is Ruth, I am married to Chris and we have two boys, Charlie and Dexter who are four years old. They have taken up the majority of my time over the last few years and have now started school this year. 

I am currently restarting my small self-employed business which includes handmade stationary, cards and crafts. I have also started a new course which I am enjoying and will hopefully lead to a new career in counselling.

I had a beautiful baby girl called Elsie over five years ago, she was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome at the 20 week scan. She came into and brightened up our world and then sadly passed away at seven and a half weeks old. In that short but precious time she changed everything. LHM were a tremendous support and talking to someone who understood exactly how I felt was an enormous help at such a sad and lost time, it helped me see a way forward. I would now like to offer my support.

I am an LHM Facebook friend but also available to chat over the phone. If you would like a chance to link with me either leave a message on Facebook or give the office team a call on 0121 455 8982.

Tracy Ratcliffe, Bereavement support volunteer

Hi, our family have been members of Little Hearts Matter since 1999 and I have been part of the bereavement team as a volunteer for many years.

I am married to Andrew, sadly, we lost our son Marcus in 1999 at four days of age, one hour post Norwood. Marcus had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

We also have a daughter, Katie, who was five years old at the time of Marcus’ birth, who is now an early year’s teacher.

I am a retired staff nurse due to chronic asthma, so have a lot of time to give.

I am now a bereavement support volunteer for LHM, providing Facebook support. I received support from LHM when we lost Marcus and know how much it helped me. So I want to offer other parents support, using my own grief experience.

I pride myself on being caring, offering support by listening, or advice where I can or asking a member of our team to help where needed. I am able to source outside support if required.

If you would like a chance to link with me leave me a message on Facebook.

Knowing you are not alone following the loss of a child can be so important. Little Hearts Matter is always here to help.

Bereavement support Facebook page

Knowing that there are other bereaved parents available to chat to in a safe and caring place can be very supportive for parents who have lost a child.

Any Little Hearts Matter member who has lost a child can become a friend to other parents on the closed Bereavement Facebook site. There is nothing better than being able to talk to another parent, who like you has lost a child, understands how it can feel, and is there for you when you need someone to listen and understand.

To join this special site click here and ask to become a friend. The LHM office team will then open the site to you.

Bereavement support book

bereavementbookcoverFrom Us to You explores the ways that different parents feel as they travel through the grieving process. It is a wonderful collection of personal experiences, that explore ways to help yourself and others, reassurances that it is normal to feel angry, sad, happy or depressed and comfort in the fact that you are not alone. The book has been written by Joanna Goldie, Judith and Peter Groves and Penny and Steve Hayles with comments and anecdotes from many other bereaved families who are part of Little Hearts Matter. The book is available from the LHM office. Click here to view an extract or contact us to request a copy.

Annual Memorial Event 2020

We will be holding our Annual Memorial Event on Sunday 3rd May 2020 at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.   At this event we hang hearts on the tree and listen to music and then we all sit down to have a picnic together, this is a very special event for our bereaved families, but all are welcome to come along.

To find out more or sign up to attend, please go to https://www.lhm.org.uk/news-and-events/events/

In Memory Walk 2020

We will be holding our memorial walk on Saturday 17th October at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The walk is a special event for our bereaved families, but all are welcome to come and walk together to remember and celebrate the lives of children lost. The  walk will take you through different parts of the beautiful and scenic arboretum including the Little Hearts Matter memorial. We will end with lunch, a chance to chat with fellow walkers along with crafts for both the children and Mums and Dads.

To find out more or sign up to attend, please go to https://www.lhm.org.uk/news-and-events/events/

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