Baby Loss and a Wave of Light
Wave of Light
Horsham and District SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) marked the end of Babyloss Awareness week on 15th October with their own Wave of Light at the Copthorne Parish Hub and St John’s Church.
The international Wave of Light was created to remember all babies lost during pregnancy or shortly after birth simply by lighting a candle at 7pm local time and leaving it to burn for one hour thereby creating a wave of light around the world.
Despite the downpours that evening, bereaved parents gathered in Copthorne to hear their precious babies’ names read out and then lit candles to create a beautiful wall of light with heart-shaped candle bags at the front of the church. Family and friends were then invited back to the Hub for support and refreshments.
Whilst it was clearly an emotional evening, those there spoke of their pride in hearing their baby’s name and comfort to be amongst other families that understood the heartache of losing a baby, still very much a taboo subject.
Babyloss Awareness week is a chance to raise awareness of the life-long emotional impact of pregnancy and infant loss and the scale of the tragedy which sadly sees fifteen babies die per day in the UK after 24 weeks of pregnancy or in the first four weeks of life.
SANDS works in partnership with health professionals to improve bereavement care, promote and fund research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives and has been very much in the national media this week due to the parliamentary discussions regarding babyloss and safer maternity care.
Horsham and District SANDS is one of a national network of local groups run by volunteers and provides support to bereaved parents in Horsham, Crawley and the surrounding area. Trained befrienders run two separate groups (bereavement support and pregnancy after loss) every month, in addition to a telephone support line and befriending service. Anyone affected by baby loss who would like support are welcome to contact us on tel: 07596 210230 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found at www. sands.org