Families who have lost little ones invited to craft session and remembrance service

Stars hanging on the star tree at the 2022 little ones remembrance service.

Published: 7 November 2023

Families who have experienced the loss of a child or a baby in pregnancy or the early months of life are invited to a remembrance service and crafting session.

Taking place annually, the events are organised by staff from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust’s maternity unit, chaplaincy services and children’s community nursing team, alongside local parents.

A craft morning is taking place in Torbay Hospital’s Bayview restaurant on Saturday 02 December, 10am – 12pm, where families can enjoy crafting together with something for all ages. The Little One’s Remembrance Service takes place on Sunday 03 December at 3pm at All Saints Church in Babbacombe.

The service sees families remember their little one with a name or message on a star. Families can ask for their little one’s star to be read out as part of the service and then hung on the star tree. Following the service, the tree is moved to the Torbay Hospital chapel where it remains throughout December.

Martin Manley, Co-ordinating Chaplain at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “For many years, we have held a special weekend for families who have experienced the loss of a little one. Families have often found this weekend a helpful step in dealing with their grief.

“Christmas is always a poignant time for anyone who has lost someone dear and brings conflicting emotions, particularly when parents have other children for whom they want this to be a happy time. Supporting one another is so important and we are looking forward to enabling people to be together again.

“We are grateful to All Saints Church for hosting the service again. We have outgrown the hospital chapel, which held the service for many years, and it was wonderful to be in a much bigger and very beautiful setting last year.”

“Our staff can also attend the service which includes prayers, readings, the lighting of candles and music from a combined hospital and church choir. Everyone is welcome to stay for tea and cake in the church hall after the service.”

Ceri Morris, Midwife at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is such an important event for people who have experienced the loss of a baby or child, and we know that this affects everyone in the family.

“The event provides families with an opportunity to remember little ones and acknowledge how they have touched our lives. Many families have found it a helpful weekend whether their loss was in recent months or in years past.”

Little One’s Remembrance Service

  • Date: Sunday 03 December
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: All Saint’s Church, Cary Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3NY

Craft morning

  • Date: Saturday 02 December
  • Time: 10am – 12noon
  • Location: Bayview Restaurant, Level 4, Torbay Hospital.
  • An opportunity for all ages to make things together in a friendly supportive environment. Come and enjoy painting, gluing, sticking, biscuit decorating and more.

Please contact the Chaplaincy Team on 01803 654186 for further information.