A special service will be held at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s Wigan Infirmary as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week (9th-15th October).
Due to be held at the Trust’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary chapel on Monday, 14th October, midwives, chaplains and bereaved parents will come together to commemorate babies’ lives and break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.
Following the short service refreshments will be available and there will be an opportunity to talk to the hospital Chaplains and Bereavement Midwife, Sarah Howard.
Sarah said: “We hope that the service will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their precious babies.
“It also gives us an opportunity to highlight the work we are beginning at the Trust, to provide on-going support to bereaved parents and families through the support group and other services we offer.”
Also showing their support at the service and for the Trust’s commemorations will be McGuire’s Co-op Funeral Care.
The Gidlow Lane-based funeral home will be illuminated in pink and blue lights from 9th to 15th October and Stuart Pilkington, Funeral Director, and Adele Hughes, Funeral Arranger, will be at the service to answer any questions.
Stuart said: “We are proud to support WWL during Baby Loss Awareness Week.
“Creating awareness and letting people know that support is available helps to stop any stigmas and breaks the silence; it is ok to talk about your bereavement.
“As well as turning our Gidlow Lane premises pink and blue, we will also be displaying a poem and candle in our window.
“We also invite anyone who wishes to visit our branch and find out more about the free services we offer to bereaved parents, and how our team can support them through this difficult time.”
Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said: “Pregnancy loss or the death of a baby is a tragedy that affects thousands of people every year.
“It is devastating for parents and families and it is vital they get the bereavement support and care they need, for as long as they need it.”
For further information about Baby Loss Awareness Week visit: www.babyloss-awareness.org