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Newry remembrance service for babies and children who have died

DAISY Hill Hospital is hosting a service to give thanks for and remember babies and children who have died following miscarriage, still birth, neonatal or infant death.

It will take place on Sunday November 18 at 3pm in Newry Town Hall, Bank Parade, Newry.

The short inter-denominational service will provide an opportunity to remember all babies that have passed away in any circumstances and will include prayers, poems, and music.

The remembrance event is being organised by the hospital's maternity services and chaplaincy team.

"We warmly invite anyone who has lost a baby or child, their family and friends to this service where we will reflect and remember their loved ones in a sympathetic and understanding environment," said Joanne McGlade, Acting Head of Midwifery for the Southern Trust.

"Some families will come to remember a recent loss, others will come to remember a baby who was lost many years ago.

"Everyone is welcome to attend. You may wish to bring a flower with you as there will be an opportunity to create a floral tribute in memory of your child.

"Our books of remembrance, where the names of babies and children who have died are written, will also be on display."

There will be an opportunity to talk with the chaplaincy team, staff from the midwifery and gynaecology service and representatives from support services, such as the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.

:: For more information contact Valerie Porter, Acting Lead Midwife, Daisy Hill Hospital by telephoning 028 3756 2745 or emailing valerie.porter@southerntrust.hscni.net

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