Your child's belongings

At some point, you will want to consider what to do with your child’s personal belongings. However, it may be months, or even years, before you feel ready to make decisions about these possessions and all the memories that are attached to them. Do what is right for you and at the time that is right for you.

Items can be left where they are, stored away safely or given away. You may like to ask siblings, grandparents and close friends if they would like something to remember your child. Perhaps your child has asked you to do something specific with their things.

Whatever you do with your child’s belongings, be prepared for them to bring back very strong emotions. You may find comfort and happy memories in your child’s precious belongings but also intense feelings of loss and pain as you live with their absence.

Birthdays, anniversaries and religious holidays

Reviewed July 2014, next planned review 2017