New space to support children experiencing bereavement unveiled in grounds of Rawdon Crematorium

A new space designed to help children express their feelings regarding grief and bereavement has been introduced in the baby garden at Rawdon Crematorium.

Working in partnership with stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands to support children during times of grief, Leeds City Council has introduced a number of installations in the grounds of the crematorium, including a granite badger and a specially made post box.

Children sometimes struggle to show their feelings, emotion or understanding when faced with a bereavement and often find it easier to write their feelings down. The post box will allow them to post letters to people they have lost, in a quiet area which will offer the chance for thought and reflection.

Sands Charity operate throughout the UK, supporting those affected by the death of a baby, while also working to improve care for the bereaved and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies' lives.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council's executive member for environment and active lifestyles, said: "During times of grief and bereavement, children can sometimes find it difficult to express how they feel. Working in partnership with Sands, we wanted to find a way to turn part of the crematorium grounds into a place which could help children think about and share how they feel.

"The introduction of the new quiet space in the baby garden, which includes granite made-child friendly characters and a post box where children can post letters to those who have passed, helps provide this opportunity, and I would like to personally thank Sands for their support on this project."

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