Babies Remembrance Service to be held in Thornhill

June 20, 2012 No Comments »

A memorial service for bereaved parents will be held in Thornhill Crematorium on Sunday.

The Babies Remembrance Service has been organised by Cardiff Council’s bereavement services with support from the Stillbirth and Neonatal Deaths Society (SANDS) to give those who have lost a baby the chance to come together and remember them.

The service will be held at 11.30am on June 24 at the crematorium’s Wenallt Chapel, and will be led by members of the chaplaincy team from the University Hospital of Wales.

Trevor Williams, chaplain at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said:

“I feel very privileged to take part in this special baby memorial service each year. One of the most traumatic things that can ever happen to parents and their families is the loss of a baby.

“A time of expectant joy, is sadly turned into sorrow and your world is suddenly turned upside down. Working in partnership with Cardiff SANDS and Cardiff Council bereavement services and within the wider community gives grieving parents the opportunity to remember their babies and I am honoured I can contribute to their day.”

Memory cards will be written during the service, and people will also have an chance to place a memory pebble in the memory bowl at the Ilex Garden.

Members of the Cardiff Branch of SANDS will also be on hand at the service. The group provides advice and support for families affected by the death of an infant, such as parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, neo-natal death or cot death.

After the, service a new baby burial section and memorial at Thornhill will be dedicated by the chaplaincy team.

For further information, contact a member of bereavement services’ staff at Thornhill Crematorium on 029 2054 4820.

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