Hospital’s remembrance service for babies and children to be held at St Mary’s Church

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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, October 18 at 3pm.

Anyone touched by such circumstances is warmly encouraged to attend, along with friends and other family members.

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 Doug Loveridge, the spiritual and pastoral care manager at Watford Hospital, Colette Lennon, chaplain at Watford Hospital, the Rev Diana Spink and Rev Rickey Simpson-Gray, of St Mary’s Church.

Doug said: “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.”

Call 01923 217994 if you have any enquiries.

Visit www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk