Memory box

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A memory box is a box provided by some hospitals in the event of stillbirth, miscarriage, or other problem during or after childbirth. They contain objects belonging to or representing the deceased child to help relatives come to terms with their loss. Memory boxes are usually donated by local charities and organizations.[1][2][3]


Memory boxes for miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss can contain the following items:

  • lock of hair
  • baby blanket
  • special box to keep items in
  • data card that states baby's name and birth information
  • card/ink pad for taking foot/hand prints
  • journal
  • writing pen
  • small stuffed animal to use in photos
  • outfit that fits the baby
  • air-dry clay for taking foot/hand molds
  • disposable camera
  • pocket kleenex
  • bereavement books and information


  1. ^ "Carine | memory box | Carolyn". 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Memory boxes to help grieving parents donated to Sherwood Forest Hospitals".
  3. ^ "Littlehampton mum forced to end her pregnancy starts parent support group".