01/10/2019 | Announcements

Services of remembrance for families who have lost a baby

Annual services of remembrance are being held next week for families who have lost a baby during pregnancy or around the time of giving birth.

The remembrance services, led by the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust’s (ESNEFT) Chaplaincy team, will go ahead during national Baby Loss Awareness Week, which runs from 9 to 15 October.

In Colchester the service is on Thursday 10 October at The Ark Methodist Church, in Jack Andrews Drive, Highwoods at 7.30pm, and in Ipswich the Precious Babies Remembrance Service is being held on Sunday 13 October at St Michael and All Angels Church, in Martlesham Heath, at 3pm.

Allison Cline-Dean, lead chaplain at ESNEFT, which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, said: “This special service is for parents who have lost a child as a result of a miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after the birth of their baby, whether that loss was recent or many years ago.

“It brings families together so their baby can be remembered and we can help them to support each other through the pain of their loss.”

The services will include prayers, music and an opportunity for parents to light a candle in memory of their baby. There will also be time to talk to members of ESNEFT’s Chaplaincy and Maternity teams.

Any family members who have been affected by the loss of a baby, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the Chaplaincy team at Colchester on 01206 742014 or Ipswich on 01473 712233.

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