Limerick service in memory of ‘little lives lost too soon’

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Staff at UMHL ahead of the annual remembrance service on November 8 - Marie Carroll, Noreen Mann, Eileen Ronan, Eileen Quinlan, Jean Rafferty, Maria Gibbons, Rita O'Brien and Marie Hunt
A REMEMBRANCE service in memory of babies who died after birth or during pregnancy will be held in Limerick city this weekend.

A REMEMBRANCE service in memory of babies who died after birth or during pregnancy will be held in Limerick city this weekend.

The University Maternity Hospital Limerick is inviting parents who have experienced the death of their baby at any stage, together with their family, friends and hospital staff to this service, which will be held at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ennis Road, this Sunday, at 4pm.

It is an annual event organised by the counselling department and Midwifery staff at UMHL.

“The death of a baby is recognised as one of the most difficult bereavements in life, having a lifelong impact on parents and families,” Marie Hunt, bereavement counselling midwife, UMHL.

The service is an annual event which aims to acknowledge the pregnancies that were lost and the lives of babies who have died through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.

“We welcome parents and families whose babies may have died many years ago as well as those more recently bereaved,” she said.

“Perinatal grief is a unique experience as parents grieve for their longed-for babies and the hopes and dreams they had for them. The annual remembrance service is a very special event which brings parents and families together in their grief and acknowledges the short lives of their babies.

“Staff at University Maternity Hospital Limerick witness the deep grief and sadness felt by parents who have been told their baby has died.

“Please join us on November 8 to acknowledge and celebrate the babies who had short lives but left a lasting impression of love in our lives,” Ms Hunt said.