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Chaplaincy team from Musgrove Park hospital to hold a remembrance service for those who have lost a baby - 18 November 2014

Chaplaincy team from Musgrove Park hospital to hold a remembrance service for those who have lost a baby - 18 November 2014

This year the Angel Tree Service will be held on Sunday, 23rd November at 3.00pm St Mary Magdalene Church in Hammet Street, Taunton, and is arranged by the Chaplaincy team from Musgrove Park Hospital.

Team Chaplain, Judith Lawrence, said; "During the year we support many families going through the experience of losing a baby so around Christmas time we organise a remembrance service for families to come together. We include material in the service that families have chosen for their babies’ funerals, to keep it contemporary and relevant.

“This year we are delighted that local choir In Ecclesia will lead the singing. Losing a child can be lonely experience. However attendance at this annual gathering can help break that isolation and can result in creating lasting friendships."

Families and couples will hear the names of their lost babies read out and be able to light candles in their memory, plus read again the entries in the Baby Remembrance books which are usually on display in the hospital chapel. Families can also write message on tags for the Angel Tree, which will then stay in the church until Christmas.

Afterwards there will be refreshments where parents can share their memories with each other, the chaplaincy team and volunteers from community baby loss groups and networks. There will also be a retiring collection for the Genesis Research Trust, founded by Sir Robert Winston, which conducts research into baby loss and works to ensure more babies and their mothers stay safe through pregnancy and childbirth.

This year the service will be held on the same afternoon as the Christmas lights are intended to be switched on in Taunton, therefore the team encourage those coming to the service to arrive in plenty of time to use outlying car parks as car parks close to the town centre are likely to be busy. The usual through routes will be closed for markets and entertainment in advance of the lights being switched on at 6pm.

Further information and advice is available from The Chaplaincy Team at Musgrove Park Hospital on 01823 342515