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The death of someone you love can turn your world upside down and is one of the most difficult experiences to endure. This may be harder to cope with if you have just had a baby.

Friends and family can help you by spending time with you if you have been bereaved. A sympathetic arm around the shoulders can express love and support when words are not enough.

Grief is not just one feeling but a whole succession of feelings which take time to get through and which cannot be hurried. If you need help or advice, you can contact your GP or any of the organisations listed on Your organisations page.

If your partner dies

If your partner dies during your pregnancy or soon after childbirth you will feel emotionally numb.

It is like no other loss. It is not something you get over, more that you learn, eventually, to live with.

Don’t be afraid to lean on family and friends for help and support with your baby.

Financially, you may need urgent advice and support. You could get the three leaflets suggested from your local social security office/Benefits Agency.

As well as speaking to friends, family and social services, you may like to contact WIDWODS, a small support group set up by young widows.

We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.