Solihull Sands

Local Support

We hold monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month from 8pm to 10pm to offer support and encouragement in our small informal group. Befrienders host these meetings with tea and coffee provided in a relaxed lounge type setting with private rooms should you prefer to speak to a befriender one to one. We also light a candle in memory of our babies gone too soon and read from the memorial book which your baby can be included in if you wish. You are welcome to come along to listen or chat to other parents who have had similar experiences.  Support is available for as little or as long as necessary.  Many like to return during a subsequent pregnancy and are encouraged through this difficult time by those who have achieved a successful birth. 

We have a full range of information leaflets from National Sands and a small library of books available for loan that offer information, personal stories and support for anyone effected by the death of a baby.  We also have some children's books which can be a support for bereaved siblings.

Meetings are held at 14/16 Faulkner Rd, Solihull, B92 8SY and there is ample street parking outside the venue. 

If you would like to talk to a local befriender or you would like to come to one of our monthly meetings, please contact us by email at support.solihull@sands.org.uk.  Please be aware we are all volunteers, we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

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Dates of Support Meetings - 2020

8th January 2020
12th February 2020
11th March 2020
8th April 2020
13th May 2020
10th June 2020
8th July 2020
12th August 2020
9th September 2020
14th October 2020
11th November 2020
9th December 2020
 

Baby loss Memorials in Solihull Cemeteries

There are baby loss memorials in many of the cemeteries across the borough of Solihull.  These have been provided using funds raised by Solihull Sands. 

These memorials provide a space where families can leave flowers and tributes to their baby and also spend some time in peaceful reflection.
 

Widney Manor Cemetery - Sands Memorial Garden.

Widney Manor Cemetery is located on Widney Manor Road, Solihull B91 3JQ, The Sands Baby Memorial is located on the right side of the main area reserved for scattering of ashes.

The memorial (dedicated in April 1996) was designed and commissioned by Solihull Sands. The stone is carved out of Bianco Carrara marble from the same quarry in Apuana Mountains in Italy used by Michelangelo. This project was achieved by donations and fund raising by the group and through the skills of the sculptors and the generosity of the monumental masons, Bannocks Solihull.  It has delicate relief carvings of flowers and animals with the inscription ‘This memorial is dedicated to the memory of all those babies who have died around the time of their birth.’  On the carved open book is the inscription 'To the world a baby, to us the world' and 'Briefly in our lives, forever in our hearts'.

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Woodlands Cemetery

Woodlands cemetery is located on Birmingham Road, Coleshill, B46 1DP. The  memorial is immediately beyond the lodge on the left of the cemetery drive.

The memorial garden at Woodlands Cemetery was completed in 2011 with the aid of a grant from Birmingham Airport, plus generous donations from the Lions Club, local company and agency support, personal donations and a series of fund raising events organised by Solihull Sands.

In 2015 Solihull Sands funded a wooden seating area which was added to the site to give families an all weather place to sit and reflect.

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Woodlands map

 

Robin Hood Cemetery

Robin Hood Cemetery is located on Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3NL.

The memorial is located in the shrubbery bed on the edge of lawn C, and was completed in October 2013.  The  area includes a blue pearl granite memorial stone with the inscription ‘Always loved, Never Forgotten’ , along with baby footprints and a wooden arbour on a paved area.  The arbour is intended to provide some sheltered seating for quiet contemplation.  It is part of a shrub bed adjacent to the lawn where babies’ ashes have been scattered since 1970.

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We are really sorry, but we are unable to offer meetings at the moment. You can always access immediate support from the Sands Helpline team – their contact details are below.

We offer a range of support, including direct peer support at local meetings, or telephone support by a trained peer befriender. There is also a wide range of resources available for free from Sands. These include:

For more information and resources for bereaved parents and healthcare professionals, visit the Sands website.