Doncaster and Bassetlaw University Hospitals are offering locals who have had a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death a chance to remember their young between October 9 and 15.
Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 19th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and their friends to commemorate the lives of babies and raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss.
This year, Baby Loss Awareness Week will explore the theme of wellness and encourage those affected to share what has helped them recover and build a life after such a sad time.
Buildings across the country will be lit up during the week to help start more conversations about pregnancy and baby loss, and in so doing, help bereaved parents and families feel more able to talk about their own. baby and find ways to care for themselves and others.
The Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital will light up in Baby Loss Awareness Week colors, pink and blue, throughout the week, along with other buildings in the area including the Retford Town Hall, Doncaster Railway Station, Conisbrough Castle and the Doncaster Municipal Council Office.
Councilor Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: ‘The downtown locations and Conisbrough Castle will be lit up during the week to show our support for bereaved parents and families who have suffered loss. of pregnancy or the death of a baby and to remember all the babies who died too soon.
“We hope Baby Loss Awareness Week will help spark more conversations about pregnancy and baby loss so people feel more connected, less alone and more aware of the support available to them in the world. arrondissement.
The Trust will also support a ‘wave of light’ evening at All Saints Church in Harworth. Those touched by the loss of a baby are invited to come and light a candle in memory of their little ones who were taken away too early and to stay for a memorial service.
Reverend Nicky Skipworth, Vicar of Harworth and Bircotes, Styrrup and Hesley Parish said: New friends to the Hospital Trust’s bereavement team.
“Together, we warmly and openly invite anyone experiencing the loss of a baby or child on Friday, October 15. Other children of all ages are also welcome. If you prefer to participate via a live broadcast, please visit us on Facebook at All Saints’ Church, Harworth and Bircotes.
Trust chaplains will be at church handing out butterflies that special messages can be written on. These will then be displayed in the chapels of the Royal Infirmary in Doncaster and the Hospitals in Bassetlaw and will form a central part of the hospital’s memorial service for the baby loss, more information about which can be found here.
Special events planned for the week were hosted by the Trust’s grieving midwives, Matt Proctor and Rhian Morris. They said: “We hope that some of the events planned for Baby Loss Awareness Week will allow open conversations about pregnancy loss, thus helping others to feel comfortable sharing their experiences.”
Matt and Rhian recently took on the challenge of climbing the three highest peaks in the UK to raise money for the hospital’s bereavement service.
In a joint statement, they said: “We recognize that everyone grieve in their own way, so the grieving midwifery service offers a holistic, person-centered approach to ensuring that the needs of the family are met. different ways. The service is available to families at all times, some find they are ready to accept their loss years later, there is no set timeline for grieving.
In the past, fundraisers such as Matt and Rhian’s have supported memorial services and a butterfly garden which provides a picturesque and peaceful place where people can go and have a quiet moment of reflection or remember their loved ones. babies.
If you would like to help support the grieving midwifery service, you can do so through the hospital’s official charity, DBTH, at www.dbth.nhs.uk/charity .