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Baby loss retreat was set up to help families trying to cope with the death of a child. It was founded in February 2018 by Julie Morrison and Bryan Morrison who lost their daughter Erin, Erin was stillborn in 2003 at 37 weeks. Julie & Bryan started this retreat free of charge to bereaved parents throughout the UK. By providing a quiet environment to help couples talk about their experience. 

 

We just wanted to offer something to people who have suffered like us as a family. As they continue to deal with the loss that never leaves them. The pain of loss can be overwhelming at times and if we can ease this in some kind of way by sending families on the retreat.

 

We hold a live lunch every 6 months for parents to come together to support each other who have experienced a loss. We encourage men, women and grandparents to attend this event as well if you would like to join us please contact us through email or telephone.

Wave of Light is held every year on 15th October. We welcome all families, friends and grandparents to come together to light a candle in memory of their angel babies. Wave of Light is an opportunity to join with bereaved parents, families and friends. We also have a knitting group who make beautiful cribs for Wishaw General Hospital – we welcome more volunteers.


Julie - CEO

Hi, my name is Julie Morrison, Founder and CEO of Baby Loss Retreat. In 2003 my Baby girl Erin grew her Angel wings on the 9th July 2003. I was 37 weeks pregnant and during a routine scan, we were told the devasting news that Erin’s heart had stopped. I have a Stillborn Child xx

The days after losing your child is the most traumatic time and you feel isolated and alone. In 2003 there was virtually no aftercare for parents who have lost a child. My husband and I basically went back to work and didn’t have time to grieve. 

In 2014 we had the added pressure put on us by being part of the Baby ashes scandal as we never received Erin’s ashes. Interviews, reviewing what happened and how we lost Erin had to be brought up again, which added to our grief. In 2016 I had the chilling phone call to say they had found Erin’s Ashes in a funeral director’s shelf. This almost broke me but knew I had to be strong and bring something to the parents who are currently going through the same grief.

This is why I have started the charity as we believe every parent who has lost a baby are given the opportunity for Counselling, given a few days respite to reflect, talk and most importantly give the aftercare which is so needed to the parents. I am a parent of a Stillborn and I have the empathy for the hurt the parents are going through. Nobody should be told there is no help for you. I feel strongly about Baby Loss Retreat and will work to make sure that everyone who wants my help will get it and will drive to move the Charity forward with my committee members. 


Bryan - Chair

Hi, my name is Bryan Morrison, Co-Founder with Julie and Chair of Baby Loss Retreat. The trauma of being in the Scan room and being told your daughters heart has stopped beating will live with me forever. Erin was 37 weeks. I have a Stillborn child xx

From a Dads point of view, it was very hard to communicate and there was nothing around for fathers. I went back to work straight away thinking I was coping. I wasn’t. The trauma of the loss and also going through the Baby ashes scandal took a lot out of me. 

When Julie and myself set up Baby Loss Retreat, I felt a release when talking about our loss. When fathers approach me when they also have lost a child, I feel it helps me as well as them to talk about it. Fathers are very hard to open but I am here from a male point of view if any dads feel they want to talk. 

The retreats have been a great success in helping the grieving parents and look forward to building the charity to make sure every parent has the opportunity to get respite, care and can have someone to talk to.


Anthony - Secretary

Hi, I’m Anthony and secretary of Baby Loss Retreat. I dabbled in charity work for a few years when I met Bryan and he explained what Baby Loss Retreat is about. I knew I had found the charity that I really wanted to fully support.

 

I have never experienced a loss but close family and friends have, during this time I felt I was unable to help but thankfully through working with the charity I feel more confident to do so.

Baby Loss Retreat is a growing charity and they have a massive heart and huge goals that I am proud to say I’m helping them to achieve and to be part of their growing success.


Stacey - Treasurer

My name is Stacey and I’m a mum to a crazy three-year-old boy. I started volunteering for Baby Loss Retreat because although I have never personally lost a baby, I know many families who have and I’m also very aware of the lack of aftercare available for those who suffer the devastating loss of a child. As part of the charity committee, I am responsible for helping to arrange fundraising activities within the community as well as taking part in events to raise money and awareness. I am committed to promoting what Baby Loss Retreat do to try to relieve some of the emotional and psychological distress experienced by those parents and families because it is sadly very common yet still hugely undiscussed. I hope that the work I do for Baby Loss Retreat will help many people who are grieving and allow the subject of baby loss to become less of a taboo.


Emma Co-ordinator

Hi, my name is Emma Cook Co-ordinator at Baby Loss Retreat. In 2019 when I was 12 weeks at my routine scan I found my babies heartbeat was no longer there.

 

Nothing could have prepared me for how traumatic it would be to see my baby. After leaving the hospital I was given no follow up care at all only told if I was to fall pregnant again I would get extra scans. I seemed my own help for places and then found baby loss retreat and honestly feel like I have known Julie & Bryan my full life.

 

Being a part of this charity allows me to help families but it also let’s me remember my baby and helps families to do this aswell.