Community / Stillbirth charity to host remembrance event

A CANDLELIT service is being held in Lerwick in December to give bereaved parents and families who have lost babies a chance to remember and reflect.

Stillbirth and neonatal charity Sands is hosting the event at the Gilbert Bain Hospital on Wednesday 4 December at 6pm.

It will be a non-denominational, family friendly evening of traditional carols, inspirational readings and musical performances.

Sands chief executive Clea Harmer said: “During the festive season there is often an emphasis on children and families sharing happy times together, so the feelings of grief can seem overwhelming.

“The welcoming atmosphere of Gilbert Bain Hospital, provides the perfect setting for a candlelit service, and an opportunity for bereaved parents and families to reflect and remember their babies.”

The Lights of Love service is free to attend and no advance booking is required. It is open to all religious beliefs and is a family event where children are welcomed.