The loss of a child

Dealing with the death of a child is a devastating experience for any parent. Having to comprehend the loss as well as sorting out the funeral and associated costs makes this time even more traumatic.
We provide as much support as possible to parents following a bereavement and as part of this commitment, the funeral service we provide for your loved one is free of charge up to the age of 18 years old. We’re here to provide guidance and support every step of the way.

The free services we provide are

We will Collect Your Loved One
You will be able to spend time with your loved one
Will will care for and dress your loved one
We will make all necessary arrangements for a dignified funeral
We will Pay all the necessary disbursements on your behalf
The personal attention of one of the business owners.
We will provide a suitable coffin.
We will provide a suitable vehicle for you and your child.
You can have the  choice of route for the funeral procession.

Services provided by others

You may need to pay for the  for services provided by others, these can include:

  • Minister or Officiant’s fee ∙
  • Burial or interment fee ∙
  • Gravedigger fees
  • Cremation fees
  • Fees for cremation documents
  • Church fees

How to personalise your childs service

Ways other parents have remembered their child.

  • drying and pressing flowers from the funeral
  • choosing a special candle holder and lighting a candle for their baby at family occasions
  • buying or making a special ornament or picture
  • having their baby’s photo re-created as a painting or a sketch
  • naming a star
  • making a piece of cross-stitch or needlework
  • creating a scrapbook
  • having a piece of jewellery made
  • releasing balloons or doves in memory of your child

Ways to personalise your child’s service

You can choose to add any additional products or services [additional costs will be incurred]:

  • Choose an alternative coffin
  • Add floraltributes
  • Provide Funeral stationery and  memorial books
  • Have Fingerprint keepsakes – handprints and footprints made
  • Decide from our range  from a range of caskets, urns and keepsakes
  • We can provide Memorial masonry if you choose a burial
  • We can help you with your catering needs
  • You can choose an alternative hearse
  • We can provide additional limousines should you need them

Frequently Asked Questions

The questions below are general in nature. If you have a specific question about the death of your child or baby please contact us and we will be able to offer more specific advice.

Bringing your loved one into our care
We will collect your loved one’s as soon as possible. If they died in hospital, we need the correct paperwork and a release form first. If they died at home, we need the doctor’s permission to remove them to our premises.
When can I see my child?
There is no right or wrong way to handle grief, and it is entirely up to you as to whether you decide to visit your loved one. It’s a decision that we are always very happy to talk over with you.
Many experts believe that visiting a loved one can be a helpful element of the grieving process, and in many cultures throughout the world it is a normal part of saying goodbye to those we love.

We do understand that not everyone will want to see their loved one once they have passed away and this is also perfectly natural.

If you decide that you would like to visit the deceased, we provide private remembrance rooms at our funeral homes. They are decorated in pleasant pastel colours, and have a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

Can I dress my child?
You may be able to help, or assist in the dressing of your child. You can spend time holding, and cuddling them, dressing them in whatever you chose for them to wear. The final decision will always be yours.
You may wish to place special items in your child’s coffin – a picture, a letter, special toy or blanket.
Can I take my child home?
Once we have brought your child into our care usually they will remain here being looked after by us. However, if you want to have your child with you we can assist you with this. We will try our best to accommodate this if it feels right for you.





Burial or Cremation?
Deciding on whether to have your child buried or cremated can be a very difficult and upsetting decision to make but this decision is yours. Take your time on making this decision whist also taking into consideration the venue where this shall take place.
After Care
At Gallagher Funeral Services we are here to help you for as long as you require. We have a bereavement councillor who can offer you support, guidance, help, resources or just an ear when you need to remember. We understand that when you are going through this extremely difficult time sometimes speaking to someone different can help.

Helpful Information

If you would like further advice or help following your loss. the following organisations may be able to offer further assistance:


For babies born too soon, too small, too sick.

Bliss run a helpline that is available form 9-9,

Mon-Fri. 0500 618140

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity

Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby. 020 7436 5881

Child Bereavement UK

Supporting families, children and professionals. 0800 02 888 40


Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and works to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone,

Child Death Helpline

Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, however recently or long ago. 0800 282986

The Miscarriage Association

Information and support for those faced with pregnancy loss. 01924 200795


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