The Book of Letters

Stack of brown envelopes tied with jute string on a wooden table. Top envelop has a red heart in the right hand corner

The Book of Letters

Letters for parents: what helped?

What is The Book of Letters Project?

The death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth is one of the most difficult experiences of bereavement. We know from our work in pregnancy loss care that many parents would have appreciated more resources to support them during this difficult time. A number of parents have also expressed over the years that they would like to offer their experiences to help other parents. This has led to the genesis of The Book of Letters to provide a curated resource for bereaved parents by capturing the experiences of bereaved parents in letter form.

What is involved?

Parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or the death of a baby are being invited to write a letter to other parents based on what they found or would have found helpful to them at the time of their loss. This will also become a rich educational resource of lived experience in our education of healthcare professionals in perinatal bereavement care.

There will also be an opportunity for parents to participate in a follow-up interview to share experiences of care following the death of their baby and what they feel would have helped them more in their bereavement care to help us as healthcare professionals in our education and care.

Who is involved?

Project team

Name Affiliation Role
Dr Daniel Nuzum Pregnancy Loss Research Group  Project Lead
Ms Claire Everard Pregnancy Loss Research Group Collaborator
Marita Hennessy PhD Pregnancy Loss Research Group Collaborator
Professor Keelin O'Donoghue Pregnancy Loss Research Group  Principal Investigator

Project status

Ongoing: August 2023 to April 2024

Further information

Please email Dr Daniel Nuzum: 

Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,