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Babies and children to be remembered at Watford Hospital

Posted: 29 September 2016
Kelly White, Senior Communications Officer

Watford Hospital's annual Service of Remembrance for babies and children who have died before, during or after birth will take place at St Mary's Church, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AF on Sunday 16 October at 3pm.

Picture of St Mary's Church, Old high street Hemel HempsteadAnyone touched by such circumstances is warmly encouraged to attend, along with friends and other family members. The service often attracts those who suffered a recent experience of loss, but people remembering babies who died many years ago are also welcome, particularly as such losses often went unacknowledged in the past.

Those who attend the service will light remembrance candles, read out the names of their loved ones, hear reflections of people’s experiences and pray quietly. The ceremony will be led by the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team from Watford Hospital including Colette Lennon, Chaplain, Revd Diana Spink and Revd Rickey Simpson-Gray, St Mary’s Church.

Colette says, “I am very aware of how difficult it is to lose a child at any stage, and I hope that this ceremony will help people to cope with their sense of loss. I am aware of how parents often need to feel so very close to their little ones, and this service is about knowing that we are all held in God’s hands and that we are not alone. Although the service is in a church, every effort has been made to make it acceptable to all people, whatever their beliefs.”

Please ring 01923 217994 if you have any enquiries.

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  1. For more information, please contact Kelly White, Senior Communications Officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.