FAMILIES who have lost a baby through stillbirth or shortly after birth are being invited to a special service of remembrance at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
The service will be held in the hospital chapel in the Chalmers Keddie building (across from the fountain) on Thursday 21 September at 7pm.
The Baby Memorial Service, which lasts for up to 45 minutes, will offer families a chance to reflect on their loss and will provide an opportunity to remember all the babies who have died.
Rev Ian Inglis, chaplaincy co-ordinator at The Royal Oldham Hospital, said:
“The baby memorial service is open to all who wish to attend. It is a chance for anyone who has lost a child to pause, reflect and remember in a safe environment, amongst others who have experienced loss themselves.
“Music, readings and poems and a couple of prayers combine with the reading of the names of those babies that people have come to remember. For some it is a religious service, for others it is spiritual and for others, it is reflective – how people participate is up to them.
Refreshments will be served after the service.
Anyone who would like further details on the memorial service should contact the chaplaincy and spiritual care team at The Royal Oldham Hospital on 0161 627 8796.
The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) offers support for families who have faced stillbirth or neo-natal deaths. They can be contacted on 020 7436 5881 or online at www.uk-sands.org