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Memorial Christmas trees for remembrance service

A christmas tree for bereaved parents Published Thursday, 03 December 2020

Wyre Council is working with Blackpool NHS, SANDS and Blackpool and Fylde Councils to help bereaved parents cope with the loss of a baby by providing memorial Christmas trees.

The council has provided special memorial Christmas trees for bereaved parents at Fleetwood and Poulton cemeteries within their Baby Gardens of Remembrance with the kind sponsorship of JP Dell Funeral Service, JT Byrne Funeral Service and Moons Funeral Service.

The bereavement services team are placing a star on the trees for each child and families are welcome to add their own decorations at either Fleetwood Cemetery or Poulton New Cemetery.

The trees will be in place from Friday 6 December until 7 January.

A remembrance service will also be held on Sunday 8 December at 3pm in the Baronial Hall at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, where there will be a small candle lighting ceremony.

Hospital bereavement nurse, Megan Murray explained: "The trees are so important to families who have suffered baby death. It channels grief into something positive, the parents are sad but they have the opportunity to be part of something united and can see that they are not on their own."

Anyone requiring support please contact Megan Murray, Bereavement Support Nurse, c/o The Women’s Unit, Blackpool Victoria Hospital Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool FY3 8NR. Tel: 01253 956 877.

For information regarding the Christmas tree memorial at Wyre’s cemeteries, please contact 01253 891000.

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