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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 in memory of Shay James Dowling who was stillborn in October 2016.

His older brother 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.

His 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.

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

Charlotte Dinh

Isabella Dinh

Buddy Ella

Noah Phoenix Kroehn

Calen Martin Atlee

Milo Duffy

Tobias Alexander Yang

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Memory Boxes

These boxes are supplied with our Cuddle Cots and contain items to help parents create precious memories with their baby soon after birth.

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.

Sibling Support Boxes

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

Please note that these are only offered for delivery in our local area.

CuddleCots

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

Wyatt Douglas James

Snow Borrello

Gregory Petas

Aerin Petas

Taj Robert Pollard

Victoria Anne Lloyd

Jasper James Pridham

Charlotte Mabel Price

William Edwards

Rose, Hope & Destiny

Eloise Layla Brogan

Baby Wallace

Spencer James Brown

Reilly James Hall

Lochlan Daniel Abbott

Archie Lewis Ridgewell

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Sewing For Charity Australia

Sands Australia

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Melissa Little - author

Oliver's Light

Hayley Cameron Photography

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Fresh Promotions

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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.

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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Special mention to:

Sands Queensland

The Hugo Effect

Little Lionhearts

The Smiley Reilly Project

Remembering Chase

Emerikus Land Foundation

Emily Turner Tattoo Artist - Original artist of the Brother Bears image

Other Projects

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

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

Sibling Sacks

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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.

Meet The Team

Katie

Founder & President

Micheal

Vice President

 

Ash

Fundraising Officer

Hayley

Secretary

Simon

Treasurer

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How You Can Help

Brother Bears is a small community organisation based in the Moreton Bay Region that is supporting children all over Australia. The Sibling Sack project relies on donations and basic fundraising to keep it going.

 

For $20 you can donate a pack in memory of your child to another family, we would also appreciate the following items:

- Medium pre-paid postage bags, these can be purchased online and delivered directly to us.

- Items for raffles and auctions.

- Printing service for our labels.

- A good quality paper cutter to cut our labels.

- Light t-shirt transfer paper from Kmart.

 

Sewing for Charity Australia currently supply us with calico bags and bears.

Laura

Fundraising Assistant