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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 also provide 6 counselling sessions with our bereavement counsellors, we have 2 counsellors who are available one female and one male. We also hold a support group every 3 weeks with speakers who attend to support families with anxiety, depression and sleeping. As a charity we like to offer different support for the community to give parents options on what help is needed for each individual, everyone welcome from dads to mum and grandparents.
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 or giving them other support like counselling and support groups.
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.
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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 - Treasurer
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.
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.
Stewart Gordon- Ambassador
Delighted to have this guy on board as an Ambassador for Baby Loss Retreat.
Forth valley bad Boys (Stewart Gordon ) first became a lover of music when his parents got him his first decks when he was a young child and quickly learning the ropes of DJ’ing.
But he hung up his headphones for a period of time as he made his way on to our TV screens, making his appearance on Rat Catcher, a film based on the bin-man strikes in the 70s. Going on to other stuff like River City and Scottish Mussel and even the STV drama The Victim. However, his lifelong dream was handed to him by Forth Valley Radio. As a music lover, DJ Cookie jumped at the chance of being a radio presenter.
Stewart lost a Neonatal baby. A little girl called Rachael who was born 12 weeks premature. They went in for a scan and within a couple of hours she was born. She lived for 2 days. Stewart had the harrowing decision on switching the machine off as Rachael’s lungs were not functioning properly. Stewart didnt cope very well and had his mental health issues during this and a relationship break up. Stewart didn’t have much support apart from a few flyers from hospital. He pulled himself together and and found music was a good therapy. He is now becoming one of the biggest DJs in the scottish circuit. Stewart is now married to Lyndsey and kids.
Jennifer- Somatic Trauma Therapy
Hi, my name is Jennifer Pickens. I am from Tennessee located in the south eastern part of the United States and have been in Scotland for over eight years. I am a Somatic Trauma Therapist and a Holistic Massage Therapist. I bring a holistic approach in working with clients by utilising my skills in massage, myofascial release and Somatic Trauma Therapy to help support individuals suffering from trauma. This type of therapy helps with all types of traumas such as addiction, grief, abuse, neglect, accidents, anxiety, stress, and many other conditions. This work can be done in person or online.
I started work in my early twenty’s as a fitness trainer and worked for over 10 years in the health field. My interest in the therapy field grew as I worked with clients who were suffering immeasurable loss and disappointment in their lives. This lead me on a personal journey of healing as well as growth to find in what way I could help people searching for healing themselves. I studied and personally tried several different types of talking therapies. All of them helped but I still felt that I needed more. I finally discovered Somatic Trauma Therapy. For the first time, I felt that someone truly understood me and how I worked. I did not feel as alone anymore.
What is Somatic Trauma Therapy?
Somatic Trauma Therapy is a way of working with the nervous system by feeling into one’s body sensations to help calm and regulate. In doing so, it helps to bring back a sense of safety that was lost due to trauma. It is all about tuning into the physical sensations of the body as the therapist holds a safe space in order for healing to take place. By doing this it helps to relieve the discomfort, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness that often come with being traumatised. Somatic work is empowering work as it brings us back to ourselves and teaches us to listen to our bodies as our bodies know exactly what they need in order to heal.
Kimberley Rodgers- Chair
Hi, my names Kimberley Rodger at Baby Loss Retreat. In April 2020 at 18 weeks pregnant I attended what I thought was a normal midwife appointment. After speaking to the midwife about unusual symptoms I was took for scan where they found my baby no longer had a heartbeat.
What followed after hearing what any mum/parent dreaded to hear ‘I’m sorry, there’s no heartbeat’ was one of the most difficult times in my life. Once I had delivered my sweet baby girl Alex – as it was the middle of the pandemic there was no after care or follow up, which then lead me to Baby Loss Retreat.
The support and kindness I have received from the team has been life saving and I will be forever grateful. Now being a part of the Baby Loss Retreat Team I can help families who unfortunately may need to face losing a child and letting them know they are not alone.