Can­dles to re­mem­ber baby loss

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Talking Politics - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Coat­bridge-based or­gan­i­sa­tion Baby Loss Re­treat is run­ning a spe­cial event on Mon­day to mark in­ter­na­tional preg­nancy and in­fant loss re­mem­brance day.

It is tak­ing place at the MacGre­gor fu­neral di­rec­tors premises in the former Coats Church in Coat­bridge, and will see par­ents who have lost ba­bies come to­gether to light can­dles at ex­actly 7pm.

The event forms part of the global“wave of light” project tak­ing place at that time, on the fi­nal day of baby loss aware­ness week

Shaw­head woman Julie Mor­ri­son, who chairs the Coat­bridge group, told the Ad­ver­tiser:“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for be­reaved par­ents to re­mem­ber their ba­bies and break the si­lence of baby loss.”

All par­ents, grand­par­ents and chil­dren are wel­come at the ser­vice, which be­gins at 6.45pm and will in­clude a choir per­form­ing on the evening.

Julie and hus­band Bryan trag­i­cally lost baby daugh­ter Erin El­iz­a­beth in July 2003, when she was still­born at 37 weeks. They set up Baby Loss Re­treat in Au­gust 2017 to help those af­fected by mis­car­riage, still­birth and neona­tal death.

They have so far run fundrais­ers, in­clud­ing a foot­ball match, car boot sale and Ben Ne­vis climb to help to­wards their goal of pro­vid­ing tran­quil breaks for re­cently­be­reaved fam­i­lies; and also set up a sup­port group in Coat­bridge.

Bryan told the Ad­ver­tiser ear­lier this year:“We were able to go away after Erin’s fu­neral which gave us time to talk, and we want to give other peo­ple that op­tion of get­ting away some­where peace­ful for a cou­ple of days.

“At the mo­ment we’re look­ing at lodges and places where peo­ple can go, near lochs and re­lax­ing sur­round­ings, but our aim is to have a re­treat of our own. At the mo­ment we’re build­ing up funds and look­ing at lot­tery money.”

For more de­tails, see­loss­re­treat., find the group on Face­book or fol­low @ baby­loss1980 on Twit­ter.

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