Child Bereavement Support (Singapore) is an informal network of bereaved parents who have all found that meeting other bereaved parents is what has made the biggest difference to us, and given us the most support, the most hope and the most comfort. People grieve in very different ways but we have all learned through our own experience that parent to parent support is simply invaluable.
CBSS was set up by bereaved parents for bereaved parents with very simple
objectives : we provide support and friendship through a 'befriending' network, hold
monthly support meetings,
and maintain this website of resource and information,
and where possible conduct talks on bereavement support to healthcare organisations to
promote compassion and understanding for bereaved families. A
core team of facilitators
runs the group.
Being an independent, multi-cultural and multi-religious, parent-to-parent grouping,
non-affiliated to any hospital or organisation, we are able to reach out to
all bereaved parents in Singapore (of any race or religion) who have suffered
the loss of a baby or child - during pregnancy, in early infancy, at any stage of
childhood, or even later into adulthood - and no matter in what circumstances or
how recently or how long ago. We are open to any parent who needs support in their
time of bereavement.
We started in April 2004 as five bereaved mothers who realized the need for a support group
in Singapore. Our experiences were very different but we shared an important bond.
Along the way we met other bereaved parents, from a variety of racial, religious and cultural
backgrounds. As bereaved parents, we were united in our sorrow, pain and yearning for our
\ children AND in our desire to help each other struggle along our individual journeys of grief.
Several organisations, including the KK Women and Children's Hospital, were instrumental in
scaffolding the timely birth of CBSS.
In Mar 2005, CBSS was
marked by our first book,
Farewell, My Child,
a collection of stories of our children with chapters on how to cope and how to lend support.
This book is available for free to all bereaved parents in Singapore.
We have in the past organised
, and have since produced a
Mandarin version of the book and released a
2nd Edition of the book
in English. For more on the CBSS story so far,