Grieving families invited to event to remember special babies
PARENTS who have sadly experienced the death of a baby are invited to remember them at a special event.
On Sunday, grieving families are being welcomed into the chapel at Grimsby Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, for the annual baby loss memorial service at 3pm.
And this year will be extra special for the Rev Anne McCormick, who will conduct the Grimsby service for the first time.
She said: "Grief is often very intense and everyone's experience is different.
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"Some people take years to move through grief following the death of a baby, others may never come to terms with what has happened.
"However, parents often appreciate the opportunity to remember their child in a special way, to acknowledge the importance of their missing child and to be with others who have shared a similar experience.
"The purpose of the service is to set aside a little time to quietly remember these special babies, light candles in memory of them and share thoughts.
"Some parents come to remember their baby who died at birth, during the first few months of life or through early pregnancy.
"I would like to welcome everyone to the service no matter what their circumstances are."
One Grimsby parent, who did not wish to give her name, lost her son at just five weeks old earlier this year.
She said: "Our emotions are still too raw to be able to share them with others at the moment.
"Hopefully, in the future this will be something that we will look forward to attending each year as it is a lovely idea."
Following the short service, there will be an opportunity to visit the baby memorial garden at the Family Services Centre.
Families can also take a look at the memorial book before having a cup of tea with other parents, chaplains and staff.