People who have experienced the heartbreak of losing a baby are being encouraged to attend a remembrance ceremony.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust is organising two events – one in Scunthorpe and the other in Grimsby. The chaplaincy team is asking people to get in touch if they would like the name of their baby read out as part of this year’s annual baby remembrance services.
The events are being held as part of National Baby Loss Awareness Week, which runs from October 9 to 15, and allows families who have experienced the death of a baby a special time to remember them.
The event in Scunthorpe is being held at 3pm on Saturday October 12 at St Lawrence’s Church. The service will be led by hospital chaplain the Rev Harry Smart and the curate of St Lawrence’s Church, the Revd Sarah Tierney.
The Grimsby service is being held at 4pm on Saturday October 5 in St James’ Church. The service is being led by the Revd Jan Vasey, Deacon of Grimsby Minster, Grimsby hospital chaplain Shane Linford and Katy Mundford from SANDS.
The Revd Smart said: “The loss of a pregnancy or death of a baby is truly devastating and I believe possibly the toughest loss imaginable. Grief can be so intense and people can feel very lonely. The opportunity to experience an event such as this annual service is one way to help with this grief journey.
“We are asking people to get in touch if they would like the name of their baby read out as part of these very special and poignant services. People need to ring the chaplaincy office on 03033 302489 no later than Monday September 23.”
Everyone who has been affected by pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death is invited to attend one of the services, where they will have the opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of the loss that has touched their lives.
The Revd Smart added: “Many people tell us how much comfort they receive from not only taking part in services like this but also how it helps to meet others who have shared their experience.”