Whilst the vast majority of the people who come through our Hospital doors leave the premises wearing a smile and clutching a new little bundle of joy, it is important to remember that not every pregnancy has a happy ending. For some, where there should have been that bundle of joy to parade around proudly, there is only turmoil, heartache and emptiness.
In an attempt to provide solace and support to those who have suffered this most upsetting of outcomes, the Trust will be holding its annual service of remembrance next week, on Tuesday May 15th. The service is wonderfully delivered by Liverpool Women's Chaplaincy and Family Support Team every year for all those who have been affected by the death of an unborn or newborn baby. One can only imagine how difficult coping with such a loss can be, however every year the team running the service, who have my upmost admiration, ensure that those in attendance leave having gotten something out of it; whether it be comfort, spirit, inspiration, a feeling that they are not alone, or a combination of all of these things.
The service is not a religious one; it is a time dedicated for reflection and hope for all faiths and none. The theme of this year’s service will be seasons and the venue will be decorated with multi-coloured balloons. There will also be a remembrance 'tree' and each family will be able to write their own message onto a 'raindrop' to be hung from a branch of the tree. The end of the service will see the release of the balloons into the sky and is always a poignant moment.
This year's service will commence at 7.30pm, in the Blair Bell Suite on our Crown Street Site but anyone who wishes to register baby's/babies' names to be read out during the service can do so from 6.45pm. If you would like to know more about the service then please contact our Family Support team on 0151 702 4061 or 0151 702 4182. All are welcome to attend.