Welcome to SANDS Lothians

dorothySANDS Lothians offers support, understanding and help, both of a practical and emotional nature to bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or soon after birth. We are here to offer support for as long as required.

You may be reading this and you have just suffered the death of your baby just hours or a few days ago. You may be bewildered and in shock. You may be wondering how to start organising your precious baby’s funeral.

Contact Us

SANDS Lothians

Craiglockhart Centre 177
Colinton Road
Edinburgh, EH14 1BZ

0131 622 6263

Future Lost, Futures Found

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As the title, Future Lost, Futures Found suggests, with the death of a baby, the magnitude of coming to terms with a future lost seems overwhelming.

How do you keep going? How do you get through the first few days, let alone years, when you have lost the future you envisaged, the happiness and the excitement you felt at the imminent arrival of your newborn baby?

SANDS Lothians helps parents to see that others have survived similar devastating experiences and the parents stories contained in this book are written accounts of the days, months and years following the death of their precious babies. We hope that by reading the stories grieving families can in their despair find courage and hope and can work towards a new future to regain meaning in their lives and remember with great love, the short life of their child.

Books are available from our offices at Craiglockhart, Craigsfarm and our charity shop in Sth Clerk Street, we can accept cash, credit/debit card, cheque payable to SANDS Lothians books are £20 and if require post & packaging within UK, cost is £25.

Latest News

Timescale update for Report to Parents

Sue Bruce Chief Executive is travelling back from holiday to have a meeting with Lesley Hinds and their Legal Communications Team to have a meeting this afternoon.
Lesley will contact me with a timescale as to when the report will go out.
The Council will also try to get us a room in a library in the city so we can be available to parents while we are closed at Craiglockhart for the tennis.
I am pleased with this arrangement. Lesley is keen to get this report to parents sooner rather than later.
Dorothy Maitland
Operations Manager

Craiglockhart Office Closure W/C 28/4/14

Our offices at Craiglockhart are closed W/C 28th April 2014 and reopens Monday 5th May 2014.

We are closed for the annual tennis tournament at Craiglockhart when we always need to vacate our premises, we wish all players a great week.

Please remember we are also on Twitter and Facebook.  

Mortonhall Update 23/4/14

To All Parents affected by Mortonhall Baby Ashes.

The report was handed over to the Council w/c 21st April 2014, sadly bereaved parents were only informed of this via the Press on Tuesday 22nd April. As you can imagine all parents are very distressed and anxious at this time.

Sands Lothians is supporting all parents as much as they can whilst awaiting the release of the report. Please call us on 0131 622 6263 for help and support, we will keep our website updated with any and all news.

Thoughts with all affected, Sands Lothians.

Click Here to see Evening News article 22/4/14 


Next meetings

Befriending Group - Edinburgh

Craiglockhart Office

Please call to arrange a one to one befriending session with one of our experienced befrienders, 0131 622 6263 


Befriending Group - West Lothian

Craigsfarm Maree Walk Craigshill Livingston

Monday 12th May  ~ 7pm

Pregnancy Support - Edinburgh

Craiglockhart Office

Monday 19th May ~ 7pm

IVF/Fertility Support - Edinburgh

Craiglockhart Office

Tuesday May ~ 7pm


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