Special baby remembrance services invite

Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals are holding ‘special memories services’ for families who have experienced the loss of a baby.

The services are intended to allow families to come together and in an act of remembrance.

NHS staff said anyone who had been affected by the loss of a baby either during pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards is invited to attend. In past services parents have attended to remember a recent loss and other families come to remember a baby who died some years ago.

Bereavement support midwife, Carol Lee, said: “The special memories services offer parents, families and friends the opportunity to remember their babies and to meet with others who have experienced a similar loss.”

The service at Bassetlaw Hospital takes place on Thursday, June 4, at 7pm in the hospital chapel and is led by Jackie McKenna, chaplain at Bassetlaw Hospital.

The service at Doncaster Royal Infirmary takes place on Sunday, June 7, at 2pm in Outpatients 2 at Gate 3 off Armthorpe Road. The service will be conducted by Chris van D’Arque, lead chaplain.

The chaplaincy team extend a warm welcome to all families and staff who have been affected by the loss of a baby. Refreshments will be served after both services.

At Doncaster there will be the opportunity to create a rainbow card as an act of remembrance while at Bassetlaw Hospital families can leave a message on the remembrance tree.

For more information in relation to attending the memorial service or about bereavement support call Doncaster Royal Infirmary on 01302 381484 or 01302 381365 and call Bassetlaw Hospital on 01909 502779 or 01909 502846.