Bereavement Rooms

Raigmore Bereavement Room

A peaceful and private place to say goodbye

Simba, in collaboration with local fundraisers, refurbish Bereavement Rooms within Maternity Units to offer families the opportunity to spend precious time with and prepare to say goodbye to their baby in peaceful and private accommodation.

We work with each hospital to select the perfect rooms for our projects, our Bereavement Rooms are ideally positioned away from the main wards but with maternity staff and medical facilities on hand. We want extended family members and friends to also be able to visit, so a refurbishment may include a small sitting room area that is specifically for their use as well as counselling or support rooms in early pregnancy support units.

Bereavement Rooms are the most special place; a place where we can’t change the sadness of what has happened but we can and have changed the feel and sanctuary of the space. Time spent in our Bereavement Rooms making the most precious of memories together as a family or with extended family and friends is time that can never be replaced. 

The design of the Simba Bereavement Rooms are based on the footprint unveiled in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in May 2017. The family room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, a sofa bed so that parents can stay in the room together, a mini fridge, Bluetooth speaker, parent packs full of toiletries.

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Our Bereavement Room locations

Explore our map, where you will find our Head Office, Bereavement Rooms and Trees of Tranquillity locations.

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Bereavement Rooms opened in 2024

16th February 2024: Heather Suite, Raigmore Hospital Inverness 

Raigmore Bereavement Room

Our brand new ‘Heather Suite’ was unveiled at the Maternity Unit of the Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. This beautifully furnished new Bereavement Room, designed to offer privacy and comfort to families at their critical time of baby loss, has been funded by an incredible group of dedicated local fundraisers through Simba. The team at the Raigmore are delighted with how the room looks and feels and are immensely proud of what has been achieved.

30th January 2024: Elidon Room, Borders General Hospital Melrose 

Elidon Bereavement Room

An emotional gathering was held at the Borders General Hospital (BGH) near Melrose, to officially open their new ‘Eildon Room’, a refurbished Bereavement Room made specifically for families at their critical time of baby loss. The peaceful and beautifully furnished suite (pictured) has been generously funded by a group of dedicated local fundraisers through Simba.

“I am grateful to all the fundraisers, Simba, our Estates Department and Grosvenor Interiors for making this happen. It has been long awaited and our families within the Borders will benefit from our newly refurbished Eildon Room.”

Kirsteen Guthrie, Associate Director of Midwifery, NHS Borders

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Without fundraising, Simba would simply not be able to provide the support that so many bereaved families need at their critical time of loss. We heavily rely on the kindness and generosity from our incredible supporters throughout the year.