If your baby died before 24 weeks, there’s no legal requirement to have a formal funeral.
The hospital staff will explain to you what they offer, and they should also give you written information. They will give you time to consider what you would like to do.
Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements for a funeral and/or burial or cremation. You might wish to consult a funeral director or a minister of your own faith.
The hospital chaplaincy team might also be a good source of information, advice and support, whether you have any religious beliefs.
You have the right to bury your baby’s body or remains yourself. If you want to do this, you might need to make your wishes clear to the hospital staff or your GP as they might not be aware that this is legal.
For more information, visit Miscarriage AssociationOpens in a new window or SandsOpens in a new window