Cold blankets and cuddle cots

In some circumstances when parents request it, we can provide them with the use of a cold blanket, also called a cuddle blanket, or cuddle cot. This is a device that chills a matress or crib, allowing the body of a child who has died to be preserved so that parents can spend extra hours or days with them. This is especially important if parents would prefer a child to be with them at home in their final days, rather than at one of our hospices or a hospital.

Our care staff are trained in operating these devices, and giving instruction to parents in how to use them themselves.

Discover how a cold blanket helped Elin and Will spend one last Christmas at home with their son Axel.