NHS Shetland - Survey - March 2021

Remembrance for babies

THE LOCAL branch of the national stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands, will host a remembrance service in memory of babies who have passed away.

The Gadderin tae Mind service will be held in the sanctuary at the Gilbert Bain Hospital on 8 December, and be facilitated by Dawn Allan, spiritual care lead for NHS Shetland and Orkney, with readings from senior charge midwife Elaine McCover and also a from a Shetland Sands representative. 

The service will commence at 6.30pm but befrienders from Sands will be available to chat from 5pm onwards

Beverly Lamming of Shetland Sands said all families are so welcome to attend whether they lost their baby recently or many years ago.

“The death of a baby or loved one is difficult at any time of the year. At Christmas, with so much emphasis on children and families sharing happy times together, the feelings of grief can often seem overwhelming,” she said.

“The welcoming atmosphere of The Sanctuary provides the perfect setting for a candlelit service and an opportunity of peace and reflection to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. 

“Last year the service was very emotional but the feedback we received was so positive”.

Following the service there will be tea/coffee and home bakes.

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby; works in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families.