Service of remembrance for bereaved parents

Date: 27 April 2015

Medway NHS Foundation Trust is holding a special service for families who have lost a baby or child on Sunday 17 May 2015.
This annual event is organised jointly by the Trust's Chaplaincy, Special Care Baby Unit and Maternity team, to help all bereaved parents and families, however recent their loss, to celebrate the memory of their child.
Steve Spencer, Senior Hospital Chaplain, said: “We began the annual service over ten years ago and parents draw great comfort from it. It is aimed at people from all persuasions so, although it is held in a church, it is not a deeply religious service.
“Upon entering the church, parents are asked to write the name of their child and a message which is read out as part of the service. Siblings are also given opportunity to feel included.
“The loss of a child causes such unimaginable grief and this is why we began running the service – to help those parents remember their loved one and also to offer them support. Members of the chaplaincy are on-hand if anyone needs to talk, and the bereavement teams are also there to lend their support.
“Each year we set a theme for the service and this year’s theme is the poem Footprints by Mary Stevenson. The footprints remind people that they are not alone at times of great suffering and that there are many places you can go to get support – whether that’s through the Chaplaincy, the Trust’s specialist bereavement teams or simply by talking to other bereaved parents and sharing your experiences.”
The service takes place at St Augustine’s Church, Rock Avenue, Gillingham, on Sunday 17 May at 3.30pm.
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