“Families enjoyed the activities and the opportunity to talk and be together” – poignant events are held to mark national Baby Loss Awareness Week

Family members came together for poignant gatherings to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week. Seventeen people attended a reflective event organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) at The Nook.

Parents and children made window crystal suncatchers, in memory of their babies, and had the chance to tie blue and pink ribbons to trees in the hospice grounds.

They were also given a bag to take home containing a candle, snowdrop bulb and poem.

“Families enjoyed the activities and the opportunity to talk and be together,” said EACH Child and Family Worker Rachel Cowles.

“Baby loss is something many of us will have in common, whether from personal experience or through families, friends or colleagues.”

The gathering took place on Sunday, 8th October and the 21st annual Baby Loss Awareness Week began the following day, running until Sunday, 15th October.

On the latter date, families had the chance to attend a virtual Wave of Light candlelit ceremony, tying in with the global Wave of Light.

The tri-site event was led by EACH Spiritual Care Lead Emma Scott and also open to families from Milton and The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

“This honours babies who died during pregnancy, childbirth or infancy,” added Rachel.

“It serves as a global moment of remembrance for families and individuals who have experienced the loss of a child.

“Families across the world unite together by lighting a candle and leaving it burning for at least an hour to remember all babies that have died too soon.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

 

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