If you have suffered a late miscarriage, your hospital may offer you a simple funeral with a burial or cremation. At some hospitals you may be offered a funeral regardless of the stage of loss, but sadly some hospitals are still not equipped to offer this support to women who lose a baby in the early stages of pregnancy.
To find out what is available, simply ask your nurse or midwife. Remember, that most hospitals also offer a chaplaincy service.
There is no official procedure to register a miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy, but some hospitals do provide a certificate to mark what has happened.
If you suffer a complete miscarriage, at home or somewhere outside of a hospital, your baby will come away naturally and leave your body in the bleeding that you will experience.You may notice the pregnancy sac amongst what has come away, but this is not always the case. Some women pass the remains of the pregnancy in a toilet and simply flush it away; this is natural but it is also completely natural to want to mark the moment . You could choose to do this privately, or ask your local hospital for help arranging it.
ℹLast reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.