Supporting bereaved parents

By Keren David, October 8, 2009
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A website has been launched to help Jewish families trying to come to terms with the death of a baby in the first days of life, a stillbirth or miscarriage.

Amanda Bradley, 30, from Edgware hopes the new site — www.jewishpregnancyloss.org — will allow families to share experiences and get support and practical help.

“It has just evolved to fill a gap,” she said. “I hope it will help with the sense of isolation that families often feel in these circumstances.”

Mrs Bradley runs a Rosh Chodesh group in Borehamwood.

Although she has not experienced the loss of a child, a shiur she conducted on the subject led to the creation of a support group which operated for six months.

She wants to develop the site to include personal stories and a database of men and women who can befriend families who have suffered a similar loss. A message on the website describes its aim as being “somewhere for you to find information, explore your emotions, search for further resources, cry, think things through and connect to God — in private, but still not alone”.

Although halachic content will be monitored by former London Beth Din head Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, personal views and stories will not be restricted to an Orthodox viewpoint.

    Last updated: 11:32am, October 8 2009