Special service of remembrance for babies at Basildon Hospital

A special service will be held this Sunday (6 November) for babies who died before or soon after birth. The annual service, led by Basildon Hospital’s chaplaincy team and the bereavement midwives, is an opportunity for those who have experienced baby loss of any kind to remember their baby.

Linda Peall, chaplain, said: “Many people find this a very helpful occasion, and look forward to coming year after year to share this time of remembrance and thanksgiving with others who have also experienced baby loss.”

The service includes prayers, poems, bible readings, time for quiet reflection and an opportunity for families to light a candle in memory of their baby. Those who come to remember their baby are very welcome to bring along family and friends. The ‘Forget-Me- Not’ memorial books will be available to view and people will be able to make requests for entries to be made

Crèche facilities will be available for young children, and refreshments will be served after the service. An offering will be taken in support of Basildon Hospital’s ‘Forget-Me-Not’ suite, a special facility where those who have lost a baby can be cared for sensitively.

At the service Debbie Olajugbagbe, bereavement midwife, will announce news of the Basildon Hospital’s new Forget-Me-Not Tree of Remembrance, a special place dedicated to remembering babies which will also help raise funds for the bereavement suite for parents.

The service takes place at 3pm on Sunday 6 November at Trinity Methodist Church, Clay Hill Road, Basildon, SS16 4NN. Future services will take place there at 3pm on the first Sunday of November each year.

For further information please contact the chaplains at Basildon Hospital on 01268 524900 ext. 3503, or the hospital’s bereavement midwife on 01268 524900 ext. 1516

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