UNIVERSITY Maternity Hospital Limerick will hold its annual remembrance service in the city this weekend.
The service will be held at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ennis Road, this Sunday at 3pm. Parents who have experienced the death of their baby and pregnancy loss, together with their family, friends and hospital staff, are welcome to attend the service.
A spokesperson said: “People are very welcome to stay after the service for a chat and a cup of tea. As some parents may be recently bereaved, we respectfully ask those hoping to attend the service not to bring babies or young children.”
Speaking ahead of the service, Marie Hunt, bereavement counselling midwife, UMHL, said: “The death of a baby is recognised as one of the most difficult bereavements in life and something which has a lifelong impact on parents and families.
“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. Staff at UMHL witness the deep grief and sadness felt by parents who have been told their baby has died.
"The remembrance service provides a space for staff, the parents and extended families to reflect on the love and care they have shown to families who are bereaved and to acknowledge and express their own grief and sadness for the little lives that were lost,” she said.