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Trust to live-stream memorial for Baby Loss Awareness Week

02 Oct 2020 15:32:14
BLAW 2020

Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place between 9-15 October each year to remember the little ones who have sadly died. 

To mark the week this year, the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will be streaming a live memorial service on Saturday, 10 October, at 3pm for parents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby or babies. Following this there will be a balloon release outside the hospital in remembrance.

On 15 October, the Chapel candles will be lit pink and blue to join the Global Wave of Light at 7pm, which will feature buildings being lit up across the region. Meadowhall Shopping Centre has agreed to light up in pink and blue to mark BLAW 2020. 

Shahida Mehrban, Bereavement Specialist Midwife, said Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death in the UK. She said: “Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.

“Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the Global Wave of Light on 15 October, which is also recognised as International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Join the Global Wave of Light at 7pm local time on 15 October. Simply light a candle and leave it burning for at least one hour to remember all babies who have died too soon. 

“We had an amazing turnout last year and the service seems to grow each year with more and more families attending. While our memorial service will be slightly different this year due to the pandemic we are hoping that our families will still join us in remembering all the babies who have sadly died too soon.”

Those who have lost a baby or babies can call the Trust’s Chaplaincy office on 01709 424098 to request that their name(s) be included in the list which is read out during the memorial and added to the memorial tree. 

You can watch the memorial service live on Facebook at 3pm by logging on and visiting the Trust’s Facebook page.