After his baby heartache, why Gary Barlow must grieve the way he feels best
It's an unbearable heartbreak for anyone to have to endure.
The tragic news that Gary Barlow and wife Dawn's baby was stillborn left us all feeling numb.
The Take That star announced the sad news last week - and within minutes condolences and tributes poured in.
Dawn, 42, was just two weeks away from her due date when she went into labour on 4 August with their fourth child.
Tragically, their baby daughter Poppy was delivered stillborn and one of the most poignant tributes came from Gary's close friend and Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, 41, whose son was stillborn in February 2011.
She Tweeted: 'My heart and love goes out to Gary and his family xx.'
Gary, 41, bravely appeared with Take That at the Olympics Closing Ceremony on Sunday and he and Dawn are now having private time with their children Daniel, who turns 12 on 16 August, Emily, 10, and 3-year old Daisy.
The X Factor judge was already on a break from the show as the next stage - the judges' houses - isn't due to be filmed until later this month.
However, producers have told him to take as much time as he needs and they'll work around him.
Annette Briley, consultant midwife for charity Tommy's, explains that a stillbirth can happen for many reasons.
'It could be due to congenital issues that arise if the mother is suffering from diabetes or pre-eclampsia or because the baby isn't getting enough oxygen in the womb.
'But we simply don't know why many stillbirths happen.
'People should grieve in the way they feel is best.
'As well as arranging a funeral, we recommend parents take a photo of their baby to help them cope with the loss.'
Read more about Gary Barlow in Now magazine dated 20 August 2012 - out now!