Special remembrance services for women and their families who have suffered the loss of a baby are to be held in Barrow and Lancaster.
According to the charity Tommy’s, among women who know they are pregnant, it is estimated that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in miscarriage. While one in every 225 births ends in a stillbirth in the UK. That’s 9 babies every day, having a huge effect on women and their families.
The service in Lancaster will be held at St. Thomas Church on Sunday 25 November at 2.00pm. In Barrow, the remembrance service will be held in the Furness General Hospital chapel on Wednesday 5 December at 7.00pm.
The service is simple act of reflection for all those who have had a miscarriage or stillbirth. It is a chance for people to recognise that they are not alone in their grief and a way of marking the fact that in the business of this time of year we need to make time for those members of our community who feel pain and sadness.
Ian Dewar, Chaplain at Royal Lancaster Infirmary said; “A mum-to-be who had a miscarriage once described it to me as ‘not being able to live the memories that you have created’. We are giving people a chance to grieve the loss of these memories and find strength new strength for life.
“Anyone grieving the loss of a baby is welcome and encouraged to attend any of the services.”
There are many supportive organisations and charities who provide further support. Please visit; Tigerlily Trust, Bluebell Foundation, The Miscarriage or Association Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity.