10 October 2019

Baby Remembrance Services

Baby Remembrance Services for all who have suffered the loss of a child, no matter how long ago, will be held on Tuesday 15th October 2019 at 6:45pm at the following locations:

  • The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Conquest Hospital, The Ridge, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7RD
  • St Michael and All Angels Church, Willingdon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1TN
  • Our Lady of Ransom Church,  2-4 Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4EU

There will be light refreshments available afterwards and an opportunity to talk to a Chaplain and a representative from the Local Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) Group.

The services are a simple act of remembrance and will include the global ‘Wave of Light’ at 7:00pm. The Wave of Light is an opportunity to join with bereaved parents, families and friends around the globe to commemorate all babies who sadly died too soon.

To join the global ‘Wave of Light’, simply light a candle at 7.00pm local time on 15th October and leave it burning for at least one hour. This can be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space. Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global ‘Wave of Light’ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

Rev Graham Atfield, Hospital Chaplain at Conquest Hospital said:  “Many of those who have lost a baby or suffered a miscarriage experience grief for many years afterwards. This act of remembrance is a way of sharing that grief with relatives, friends and those who have suffered a similar experience. At these services in the past we have met people who have attended these services many years, sometimes decades, after suffering their loss. It shows how enduring such losses can be and we hope that it can help them to move forward in the process of grieving.”

The Baby Remembrance services are part of the annual Baby Loss Awareness Week. It’s an opportunity for parents, their families and friends to acknowledge and remember their precious babies who have died. It is led by the stillbirth and neonatal death charity (Sands) in collaboration with over 60 charities in the UK.