A Service of Remembering Together

On Sunday 2nd October, there will be a special service for parents who have experienced bereavement through the loss of a pregnancy or death of a baby.

The service will take place at 2.00pm and will be held in the Chapel on level seven at Derriford Hospital. The Chapel will be also be open from 1.00pm for the opportunity to meet other parents and talk things over with a chaplain or midwife, as well as for personal and private acts of remembrance if desired.

The service will then include:

Readings, reflections and prayers
The reading of names of babies among those remembered who have died during pregnancy or shortly after birth
The presentation of a white rose to each family as they leave

Paul Snell, Lead Hospital Chaplain, said: “The loss of a baby, whether during pregnancy, around the time of birth or shortly afterwards, is one the most heart breaking and traumatic experiences that anyone can go through. For those who do experience such a tragedy, our team are always available to offer support at the time and afterwards, regardless of whether the family involved have a faith background or not.

“Twice a year we also offer the opportunity for families to share in a short service of remembrance, where they can reflect on that experience and remember their lost babies. We have midwives, chaplains and others on hand who are available to listen to parents and their families.

“The service also gives an opportunity for families who have gone through similar experiences to support one another. We find that for many who attend, the service is a source of comfort and healing as they take their next steps on a painful journey, and all are welcome to come along and be a part of it.”