Families invited to remember at baby memorial service at North Manchester General Hospital
Families who have lost a baby through stillbirth or shortly after birth are invited to a special service of remembrance at North Manchester General Hospital on Wednesday 2 May.
The service will be held in the Hospital’s post graduate education centre at 7pm and will last 45 minutes. It is open to people of all faiths and beliefs.
The Baby Memorial Service, an annual event in the hospital’s calendar, offers families a chance to reflect on their loss and remember all the babies who have died.
Rev Ian Inglis, chaplaincy co-ordinator at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said:
“For some who experience the loss of a baby, it can feel like the world moves on too quickly; services like ours give parents ‘permission’ - time and space - to reflect on their memories and to grieve for their loss, in a gentle and relaxed atmosphere, among people who have been through similar things.
“The service can be a significant occasion; someone may be grieving a very recent loss, or the loss may have happened 40 or 50 years ago when times and attitudes to grieving were significantly different.
The baby memorial service includes lighting of candles, offering of names, contemplative music and readings from nurses and midwives. It’s not a prescriptive service, people are welcome to participate as much or as little as they wish.”
Refreshments will be served after the service, and there will be time for private reflection or to talk to others at the service. Volunteers from the local SANDS group (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) will also be in attendance, to offer support.
Anyone who would like further details on the memorial service should contact Rev Inglis on 0161 720 2990.