Loss Awareness Week takes place between 9-15 October each year to
remember the little ones who have sadly died.
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.
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
You can watch the memorial service live on Facebook at 3pm by
logging on and visiting the Trust’s