Julie Morrison was 37 weeks pregnant when she was told her baby daughter Erin had no heartbeat. Along with the pain of the loss, Julie and her husband Bryan then experienced a lack of aftercare and long waits for counselling services.
Their tragic loss drove them to help other parents who had experienced similar losses, founding Baby Loss Retreat, offering weekends away to bereaved mums and dads in Scotland. The free-to-attend two day events give couples or individuals a quiet place to talk about and process their loss, along with counselling and support. Baby Loss Retreat focuses on easing emotional and psychological anguish, giving people tools to deal with problems like anxiety, sleep issues and depression.
Julie has been organising counsellors to give online and telephone sessions during 2020 so families could still access support. With grieving families more isolated than ever, and women often having to go for bad news scans and undergo time in hospital alone, Julie continued to receive new enquiries throughout, even helping one family to arrange a funeral.
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