Media Release

Memorial service for bereaved parents and families

Bereaved parents and families will be able to remember babies who have died before, during or after birth at a special memorial service.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Chaplaincy team and SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Society) will be offering a Baby Loss service on Sunday, 4th November, which will follow an autumn leaves theme.

This annual service, in the hospital’s Sacred Space, provides an opportunity for parents and other relatives to remember babies who have died through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Craft activities will be introduced to this service to allow families with other young children the opportunity to make a tribute for the brother or sister they have lost.

This will be followed by a reflective memorial service, which will include poems, music and the reading aloud of babies’ names.

A representative from SANDS will also be attending to offer support.

Lead Chaplain Stella Green said: “We hope the changes to the Baby Loss Memorial Service this year will enable every member of these bereaved families to feel included and to be able to contribute in some way.

“Baby Loss is one of the hardest things that can happen to anyone but families that can grieve together are likely to be stronger as a result.

“We hope this service will go some way to enable all families to remember their lost baby in an inclusive and supportive environment.”

Craft activities will start at 3pm in The Sacred Space with the service starting at 4pm. Refreshments will be available.

                                                         —ENDS—

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