University Maternity Hospital Limerick holds its annual remembrance service for bereaved parents at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ennis Road, Limerick on Sunday, November 8.
The hospital invites parents who have experienced the death of their baby/pregnancy loss at any stage, together with their family, friends and hospital staff to this service.
This is an annual event organised by the Counselling Department and Midwifery staff at UMHL. One Limerick mother will share her experience of early infant loss at the service. And people are very welcome to stay after the service for a chat and a cup of tea.
Speaking ahead of the service, Marie Hunt, bereavement counselling midwife, UMHL, said: “The death of a baby is recognised as one of the most difficult bereavements in life, having a lifelong impact on parents and families”.
“The service is an annual event which aims to acknowledge the pregnancies that were lost and the lives of babies who have died through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. We welcome parents and families whose babies may have died many years ago as well as those more recently bereaved.
“Perinatal grief is a unique experience as parents grieve for their longed-for babies and the hopes and dreams they had for them. The annual remembrance service is a very special event which brings parents and families together in their grief and acknowledges the short lives of their babies,” she said.
“Staff at University Maternity Hospital Limerick witness the deep grief and sadness felt by parents who have been told their baby has died. The remembrance service provides a space for staff, the parents and extended families to reflect on the love and care they have shown to families who are bereaved and to acknowledge and express their own grief and sadness for the little lives that were lost.
“Please join us on November 8 to acknowledge and celebrate the babies who had short lives but left a lasting impression of love in our lives,” Ms Hunt said.