SANDS Service of Remembrance
There will be two services of remembrance taking place in the Chapel of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Sunday 2nd November for anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy or in early life.
The first service will be held at 3.00pm and is designed for families and suitable for parents to bring along young children. The second service is at 6.00pm and has been designed for adults to engage in a quieter, more reflective service.
Both these services are held in conjunction with the Norwich Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) and the hospital chaplaincy and is a time when parents and families can come together for mutual support and comport as they remember the babies that they have lost. After the services the books of remembrance will be on view and there will be a chance to talk with other parents, any of the Chaplains, Sally Spears the representative of SANDS and Mrs Irene Howard who does the calligraphy for the Book of Remembrance.
Anyone who has lost a baby and their family and friends are welcome to these services and there will also be an opportunity for individual acts of remembrance.
Sally Spears of Norwich SANDS said: As a bereaved parent myself I find that a service of this kind not only recognises that my baby had a life and is still remembered, but also gives me a chance to meet other families who have been in the same situation.
Pat Atkinson, hospital chaplain said: As a team of Chaplains who work with those who lose babies, we want this service to affirm and validate the feeings that many parents have; feelings that we are aware can be very strong and real however long ago the loss happened. Everyone is welcome to come to a service, whatever the circumstances of their loss.