This resources section contains some articles that have helped me gain a wider insight into various medical issues that can effect pregnancy before, during or after birth. I hope you find them informative too.
Brian And The Shiny Star
Brian and the Shiny Star, a book dedicated to Oscar's Wish Foundation was written by one of my friends Nicky Edwards. Nicky and I have been friends for over 10 years and she has been a tower of strength to me since saying goodbye to Oscar. Families can purchase their own copy which is available on Amazon.
Every book sold will see a 50p donation back to OWF to fund providing copies of Brian and the Shiny Star for bereavement bags in Sussex Hospitals.
For more information please visit:
"Remembering our babies and honouring their little lives"
Bereavement Support Programme
Oscar's Wish Foundation currently supports two local hospitals in Sussex with Bereavement Support. We work closely with the Bereavement Midwives to meet the needs of families who lose a precious baby before, during or shortly after birth. Our first point of contact is with a supply of Bereavement Support Bags that are funded by local fundraising and compiled by the local community.
These Bereavement Support Bags contain precious items that a family may find comforting in the days and weeks following their loss. These bags are a resource that over time become Memory Bags and a special place for families to hold precious memories that they made with their baby.
If you know a family who may benefit from our support please email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Love-a-Bear Programme is a sensitive way to show those whom you love and care about that you are thinking of them at such a devastating time. I received one myself and I named him 'Oscar' after my little boy who I had lost a week prior. It allows you to have something to hug and hold when you feel sad or upset.
"My arms were empty and my heart ached. I just needed something to hold."
The programme includes a soft plush teddy bear with a smiley face (approx. 20cm), a cotton bag to use as a memory bag to store precious mementos and a range of helpful leaflets to help your loved one through some of the most harrowing days following a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal passing.
Dads Grieve Too
It is vital that support for fathers is as recognised as it is for mothers. So often we have found that fathers have not reached out for any type of support at all and the repercussions of this have been heartbreaking.
"But I had to be strong for my partner, I could not let her see me cry!"
With this in mind we set up our third Awareness Campaign "Dads Grieve Too" and have a dedicated open Facebook Page for Fathers to message privately, post or see other articles that have been posted by our Charity's Daddies to provide much needed support.
Having met some amazing families since 2015 it became clear very quickly that many families had struggled to find clothes for their little ones. Mainly because they were so tiny or very delicate but also because their baby was born so soon and they were not prepared for such an early delivery.
With this in mind we created a tremendous team of volunteers who so kindly knit or create precious angel gowns for OWF to send to local hospitals, families or funeral homes so that their babies can be laid to rest with dignity. These gowns, blankets and little knitted hats are made with pure love and sent on to families who may need them.
"There is no footprint so small, that cannot leave an imprint in this world."
If you know a family that may like an angel gown please get in contact with the team at email@example.com