Sup­port­ing be­reaved par­ents

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY KEREN DAVID

A WEB­SITE has been launched to help Jewish fam­i­lies try­ing to come to terms with the death of a baby in the first days of life, a still­birth or mis­car­riage.

Amanda Bradley, 30, from Edg­ware hopes the new site — www.jew­ish­preg­nan­cy­ — will al­low fam­i­lies to share ex­pe­ri­ences and get sup­port and prac­ti­cal help.

“It has just evolved to fill a gap,” she said. “I hope it will help with the sense of iso­la­tion that fam­i­lies of­ten feel in th­ese cir­cum­stances.”

Mrs Bradley runs a Rosh Chodesh group in Bore­ham­wood.

Al­though she has not ex­pe­ri­enced the loss of a child, a shiur she con­ducted on the sub­ject led to the cre­ation of a sup­port group which op­er­ated for six months.

She wants to de­velop the site to in­clude per­sonal sto­ries and a data­base of men and women who can be­friend fam­i­lies who have suf­fered a sim­i­lar loss. A mes­sage on the web­site de­scribes its aim as be­ing “some­where for you to find in­for­ma­tion, ex­plore your emo­tions, search for fur­ther re­sources, cry, think things through and con­nect to God — in pri­vate, but still not alone”.

Al­though ha­lachic con­tent will be mon­i­tored by for­mer Lon­don Beth Din head Dayan Chanoch Ehren­treu, per­sonal views and sto­ries will not be re­stricted to an Or­tho­dox view­point.

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