If your baby has passed away after 24 weeks of pregnancy you will be required to register the birth and your child will be required legally to be buried or cremated, at this point the hospital will guide you on your options for saying goodbye. The hospital will issue you with a death certificate that will need to be taken to your local registry office within 5 days.
You will have the option to arrange a private funeral or you can attend a group service whereby other families who have lost a pre-birth child will join together.
If you have lost a child before the 24 week mark, sadly each hospitals practice will differ, if you want to arrange a special service, it is advised to speak to your hospital as soon as you can because currently there are no laws to govern the activity.
Losing a child must be the hardest thing a parent has to go through and coming to grips with the situation is going to take time. If you are dealing with a stillborn or neonatal death the charity UK Sands can help offer support and put you in contact with others in the same situation.
For more information regarding miscarriages please refer to the Miscarriage Association where you can find a wealth of information and support.