A memorial service for all who have been affected by the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death will be held in Melton today (Thursday, October 15).
Baby loss support group Stephen’s Footprints will be holding the annual Wave of Light baby memorial service at St Mary’s Church, starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 7pm with the lighting of the candles. Refreshments will be available after.
The free service has been attended by more and more people every year, with about 75 people at last year’s service.
Stephens Footprints was set up in 2010 by a bereaved mother and her family. The group is open to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, or at birth or shortly afterwards. The group is a self help one, where those who have lost a baby can get together informally and share their experiences with others who have experienced the same loss.
The group, whose aim is to let these people know they ‘are not alone’, meet at the Samworth Centre in Burton Street every first and third Monday of the month, 10am to noon.
The first Monday meeting of each month is called a ‘Rainbow baby meeting’, predominantly aimed at supporting parents expecting or who have recently had a subsequent baby after a loss. The group also hold evening meetings, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, 7pm to 8.30pm. The second Tuesday of each month is predominantly aimed at parents and families who have suffered a baby loss and haven’t yet embarked on a subsequent pregnancy. The other two meetings are for everyone who has suffered a baby loss, where all members of both the other meetings will have a chance to meet together.
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://stephensfootprints.moonfruit.com