Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Special service for grieving parents who have lost a baby

A special Christmas Service for parents in Northern Ireland who have experienced the death of a baby will be held tomorrow night.

Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, is holding three simultaneous Lights of Love Services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Friday at 7.30pm.

The service in Northern Ireland is being held in St Mark's Church in Portadown town centre.

This will be the second year this special Christmas service has taken place in Northern Ireland, giving families bereaved by the death of a baby an opportunity to come together and remember the lives that will be missing from their homes this Christmas.

It has been organised by Steven Guy, the UK chairman of SANDS. Mr Guy, from Portadown, first became involved with SANDS 14 years ago when he and his wife Jacqui lost their newborn daughter, Danielle.

The service will be a time for reflection and remembrance with traditional carols, readings and music. All families affected by the death of a baby are warmly invited to attend.

A Christmas tree will be at the front of the church during the service and people will have the opportunity to sponsor a light on the tree and write a tag to be hung beside the light in memory of their baby.

For those unable to attend it is possible to sponsor a light by visiting the Sands NI website.

For more information log onto www.uk-sands.org.

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