Annual service to remember ‘special babies’ moves date

An annual service to remember babies lost before, during or after birth, is being held later this month, instead of its usual Autumn date.

The special service at Bath & North East Somerset Council‘s Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium is to be held on 18 May – it was previously held in October.

The “short but moving service” has been organised by the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath Chaplaincy and the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands.

A council spokesperson said: “It is a unique opportunity to remember, acknowledge and pay respect to special babies.

“Whether this loss was recent or many years ago, anyone who feels affected is welcome.”

Narinder Tegally, RUH lead chaplain, said everyone was welcome.

She added: “The impact of losing a baby is devastating and an important part of the grieving and healing process for those affected is being able to reflect on that loss and remember their little ones.

“The service is always well attended and we welcome anyone who’s been affected to join us.”

This year is a particularly special event as it marks the opening of the Sands Garden.

Situated at the lower end of Haycombe Cemetery, with beautiful views across the countryside, the garden has been created for everyone to use.

It is a place for “peaceful contemplation” and its official opening will be marked after the service at 13:00 BST.

Refreshments will be served in the garden, and all are invited to attend the service or the opening, or both.

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