Archive for December 2010

HOLDING your baby for the first time is usually the happiest moment of any mother’s life. But imagine if that baby was stillborn and you knew that, unlike the other mothers in the hospital ward, you wouldn’t be taking your beautiful child home. Read the rest of this entry »

Many people turned out to remember much loved and never forgotten babies at the Dumfries SANDS Christmas Service at the Crichton Church.  Everyone was invited to add a message for the baby or babies that are dear in their hearts to the Christmas tree, if they wished to, and also to light a candle in their memory.  This is always a particularly poignant moment in the service.

The 2010 service started and ended very peacefully with Shelley Clark playing the harp.  The service was led by Kenny Hope from Pagan’s funeral directors, who kindly stepped in when Sandy Strachan  became ill.  The Dumfries Male Voice Choir very generously shared their talent with us by singing ‘Let there be peace on earth’ as well as ‘You raise me up’.  Caitlin Bell returned to beautifully sing ‘Irish Blessing’ during the lighting of candles and placing of messages on the tree.

Alison Rogerson, Community Midwife and Dumfries and Galloway SANDS committee member, read a very moving poem called ‘A little snowdrop’.

At the end of the service many people stayed to share in tea, coffee and cakes with us.  Thank you to all who donated money.  £321 was collected after the service and will be used to continue to support parents of babies who have died in Dumfries and Galloway.

Thank you to all who helped make this service possible.

Next Support Meeting

The next support group meeting is planned for

  • 7th November: 7.30pm

and we welcome anyone touched by the death of a baby to join us.

The meeting will be held at our office at 107 Irish Street Dumfries.

Many people feel that only others who have experienced the death of a baby can offer real understanding of the pain and heartbreak that they are feeling and the support group meetings allow you to connect with other bereaved parents, grandparents and others who share your pain and loss.

The support group is an informal setting and is only attended by people who themselves have lost a baby or their families. You will not be pressured to speak and sometimes it’s nice just to simply come along and listen.

If anyone would like more information about these meetings or would like to express an interest in attending then please email [email protected]

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