Posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:09 PM
From 9 October - 15 October, Sherwood Forest Hospitals will be marking Baby Loss Awareness Week with a variety of events available to bereaved parents, family and friends of those who have suffered the loss of a baby.
To start the week long initiative, two of the towers at King’s Mill Hospital will light up pink and blue to raise awareness of baby loss and also in memory of families that have suffered the loss of a baby. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the loss of babies and also provide bereaved parents, families and friends a place to unite and remember their babies’ lives.
At 6pm on the 14 October, a “Lanterns of Love” walk will take place around King’s Mill Reservoir. This has been organised by Sherwood Forest Hospital’s Baby Bereavement Team alongside bereaved parents and with the support of Nottinghamshire SANDS, the recognised stillbirth and neonatal death charity. Following the walk, there will be a short service and refreshments in the Faith Centre at King’s Mill Hospital at 7pm. If anyone would like to attend the “Lanterns of Love” walk, the meeting point is at King’s Mill Hospital Faith Centre at 5.30pm and the walk commences at 6pm.
The bereavement support group, “Snowdrops and Butterflies” have been making lanterns for those that wish to attend the walk. However bereaved parents, families and friends are welcome to bring their own battery operated lantern, torch or phone to join in.
During the week staff, parents and family members will be giving out tea lights to visitors at a stand in King’s Mill Hospital, to encourage them to take part in the International Wave of Light on the 15 October, recognised as International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Parents, families and friends across the world will be taking part in the International Wave of Light on 15 October at 7pm by lighting their own candles and posting images on social media.