Parents and families of babies who have tragically died are being invited to join a special remembrance service.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting its annual event this month at the Bridge Church, offering people the opportunity to come together and remember the lives of their babies.

Taking place on Sunday, March 17 at 3pm, the short service will include multi-faith prayers and readings, as well as poems and music to reflect.

Reverend Catherine Binns, Deputy Head Chaplain at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Experiencing the loss of a baby is an incredibly painful experience, and we hope this service allows parents and their families to reflect and remember in a space surrounded by support and love.

“In my career as a neonatal nurse and as a hospital chaplain, I see what it means for parents to come together to see they aren’t walking alone on their journey of grief and to meet other parents who are finding hope.

“We want parents to come and talk about their baby, cherish those precious memories, and we will be here to give them hope and support.”

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Staff from the trust’s maternity services, neonatal unit and early pregnancy assessment unit will also be available on the day.

Bereavement midwife, Seema Kala, explains the importance of accessing support.

She said: “It can be quite overwhelming and emotional, but it can also be helpful for parents to meet others who are experiencing loss in a similar way.

“In my role I meet families during some of their darkest days and to see them again at this annual event months or years down the line where they are in a place filled with hope feels really special.

“It’s important to remember there will be days where the sun shines again.

“We’ll be there to talk to parents and families, offer support and reassurance, and answer any questions they might have.”

Refreshments will be provided on the day.

The Baby Remembrance Service will take place at The Bridge Church on 109 Bradford Street, Bolton, BL2 1JX.

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