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Support for bereaved parents as MPs debate issue

Friday 20th October 2017

MPs will today debate the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill to introduce a two week statutory leave entitlement for parents who are bereaved of a child from birth to 18.

As it's a private members' bill there is no guarantee it will become law, but the government has said it will support the bill so there is a good chance it will progress through parliament.   

We are supporting the bill and the call made by Together for Short Lives to allow bereaved parents more flexibility on when they can take the leave. As it stands, the bill only allows for the leave to be taken within eight weeks of a child's death.

Our support for bereaved parents

The death of a child is a devastating loss, whatever the circumstances. We know that parents who've lost a child will be going through the most distressing time, and they will need help to deal with their situation.

We've produced some new resources to support bereaved parents. From advice from other bereaved parents on taking care of yourself following the death of a child, to practical guidance on sorting out your finances and getting help with funeral expenses.

Visit our webpages on practical support for bereaved parents, or download our short bereavement factsheet [PDF].