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“Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return.” 
[Qur’an: Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:156]

 

When you lose a child, it often feels as though you are alone. This can make it feel even more difficult. What can sometimes help, is knowing that many others have also been affected.

Losing a child at an early stage is, unfortunately, common. Miscarriages often occur before a mother has even realised that she is pregnant; twenty percent of all pregnancies are miscarried, with the majority occurring in the first trimester of pregnancy. What is sometimes more difficult is if you have had recurrent miscarriages and this too, affects 1%.

Other mothers may carry their child for longer but then have a stillbirth. Eleven babies are stillborn in the UK every day; more than 30% of these stillbirths occur at term when mothers are expecting to hold a healthy baby. The reasons leading to miscarriages and stillbirths are not always known.

In addition to the above, six babies die every day in the UK, in the first few precious weeks of their lives. Older children are lost too, through accidents, conditions that they are born with and cancers too.

Each child is different and each loss is different, but all are equally treasured. The Muslim Bereavement Support Service understands that these children are not forgotten and the loss may sometimes feel no less, many years on.

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