Down the Track
You and your partner may find that you will be “forever changed” following the death of your baby. “Normal” will take on new meaning, as you find your way into the future without your baby. Many parents describe that while they feel they will never “get over” the death of their baby, they do come to find new purpose and meaning in life.
“I don’t believe that time heals, but that with the passage of time, we have found ways to adjust to our new reality. I’ll never, ever forget my baby. His memory is part of me.”
This article was prepared using extracts from Stillbirth and Neonatal Death1. The full text is available online or contact Red Nose Grief and Loss Services on 1300 308 307 for a printed version.
Last reviewed: 23/9/23
1. Ford, D., Richardson, R., Robertson, S-E., Stammers, R., Oxlade, E., Carter, J. & SIDS and Kids. (2016). Stillbirth and Neonatal death: A Booklet By and for Parents whose Baby is Stillborn or Dies soon after Birth. Malvern, Vic.: SIDS and Kids. (Original work published 2004 entitled Treasured Babies).