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Brother Bears is a not for profit organisation that aims to support young children who experience the loss of a sibling. Our packages are designed to provide some comfort to siblings, help with memory creation and assist them with understanding what has happened.

About us

Brother Bears was founded by Katie and Micheal Dowling in memory of their youngest son Shay who was stillborn in October 2016.

Their eldest son was only 11 months old at the time of Shay’s birth and the “Brother Bears” that this organisation was named after represent the brothers.

The family wanted to do something to support siblings as they realised that they are often the forgotten ones when a baby or child dies. They settled on creating “Sibling Sacks” and in early 2017 began to develop the idea further. The first Sibling Sack was delivered in late 2017.
They donated a cuddlecot & memory boxes to Beaudesert Hospital in February 2017 & then delivered their second CuddleCot package to Canberra’s Calvary Hospital in the October. Since then they have mainly focused on the Sibling Sack project.

They are proud in knowing that the sibling support packages are helping bereaved siblings throughout Australia and thank everyone who helps keep this project going.

Sibling Sacks

Contact us

Brother Bears is proudly run from Queensland, Australia

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrotherBearsForever

Instagram: brother_bears_2016

Website: brotherbears.net

E-mail: admin@brotherbears.net

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In Memory Of

Our Supporters include

Shay James Dowling

Denis Francis Waveney Hindry

Oliver Robert Gee

Abby & Grace Penrose-Timms

Hugo Michael Foote

Ashley James Heath Wool

Bree-Anne Smithers

Thomas James Gallagher

Bethany Meddows Trezise

Beatrix Hazel Claire Willis

Emerson Dee Joyce-Beaumont

Anneliese Siefert

Evelyn Siefert

Lydia Heather Greatorix

Luke Thomas Smith

Chase Morgan Rice

Leilani Rose Whaanga

Leo James Munoz

Archie & Sam Aberhart

Jaxon Liam Beale

Natalie Lauryn Sword

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CuddleCots

We have donated CuddleCot packages to Beaudesert & Canberra's Calvary Hospitals

Sibling Support Boxes

These are individually designed to help a child with capturing memories, providing comfort and assisting with grieving after the sudden death of a sibling.

Memory Boxes

These boxes contain items to help parents create precious memories with their baby soon after birth.

Charlotte Dinh

Isabella Dinh

Buddy Ella

Noah Phoenix Kroehn

Calen Martin Atlee

Milo Duffy

Tobias Alexander Yang

Wyatt Douglas James

Snow Borrello

Gregory Petas

Aerin Petas

Taj Robert Pollard

Victoria Anne Lloyd

Jasper James Pridham

Charlotte Mabel Price

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Special mention to:

Sands Queensland

The Hugo Effect

Little Lionhearts

The Smiley Reilly Project

Remembering Chase

Emerikus Land Foundation

Understanding Chromosomal Translocation - 

Reciprocal Translocation

Sands provide support to families who experience misscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. They have 24 hour support line, support groups & offer many other services

Unique is a small UK charity supporting, informing and networking families living with a Rare Chromosome Disorder.

Flexmort's CuddleCot has been internationally recognised as significantly helping parents who suffer the loss of a baby

For all your promotional needs speak to the team at Fresh Promotions.

We thank them for their support of community organisations

The Helping Hands Project offers one free 60 minute massage to parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss in the last two years

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To donate or order Sibling Sacks please use the contact form below.

Packs are free for bereaved siblings, hospitals, counsellors & funeral homes

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Our Sibling Sacks are designed to help young children with understanding what has happened, create memories and provide comfort. The standard pack contains a suitable book & soft toy in a reusable bag.

We have 3 book options available for our packs to best suit the child's circumstances.

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Other Projects

Something Happened is a storybook explaining Stillbirth and contains notes for carers to help them guide the grieving sibling

Yesterday You Were Here is a beautifully written book for children aged 3-6 who loose a sibling or friend the same age

 

*This book is also available to schools that loose a student.

Remembering Me: Sibling Edition provides a space for children to write memories and connect with their sibling.