Service for bereaved parents to be held at NNUH
A service of remembrance is taking place at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) on Saturday 1st November for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or in early life.
Every year, on the first weekend in November, the hospital Chaplaincy and Norwich Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS), the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, run a service to commemorate babies who have died in the hospital. The service is open to all parents, whether they are remembering a baby who has recently died or a baby who died some years ago.
At 3.00pm there will be activities for families with other children which will give parents a chance to talk with other families, the hospital chaplains and members of the local Norwich SANDS. This will be followed by a service at 4pm in the Benjamin Gooch Lecture Theatre where babies that have died will be named.
There will also be an evening service at 6.00pm in the Chapel which is aimed at adults only to engage in a quieter, more reflective service.
Eleanor Langan, Lead for Chaplaincy Services said: Many bereaved parents find it helpful to come together with others who are in the same situation to remember their baby. Although these children do not live, they remain part of the family and continue to be remembered and loved.
The services are a dedicated time when parents, families and friends can come together for mutual support and comfort as they remember the babies that they have lost. There will also be an opportunity for families to view the baby Books of Remembrance.
Miranda Rowlands, Chair of Norfolk SANDS said: “It's important to allow bereaved families time and space to remember their babies and cherish precious memories. The death of a baby can be an isolating experience, so many families find it helps to meet and talk with others who understand.”
Enquiries about the services can made via the chaplaincy on 01603 287470.