Service of remembrance for babies loved and lost

THE annual Hywel Dda ‘Loved and Lost Baby Remembrance Service’ will take place on Saturday 27 April 2024 in Carmarthen.

The service, arranged by health board staff and led by the Spiritual Care Department (Chaplaincy), has long been a source of comfort for parents and families and provides an opportunity for people to reflect and to come together to pay respects.

The service will take place at Bethel Chapel, Hill House, Picton Terrace, Carmarthen SA31 3BT at midday on Saturday 27 April. Bethel Chapel can be found behind the Welsh Government offices and the Army Reserve Centre on Picton Terrace with ample parking available.

Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “This service of remembrance is an important moment in the year when parents and families who has been affected by the very sad experience of babies who have passed away.

“Experiencing the loss of a baby is an incredibly painful experience, and we hope this service allows parents and their families and staff to reflect and remember in a space surrounded by support and love, as they continue on their journey of separation and grief.

“The loss of a baby is overwhelming and emotional, but to meet others who are experiencing loss in a similar way can be helpful.

“As staff, when we initially meet families, it is often during the darkest days of days but to meet them again at this annual event months or years down feels really special and such a privilege as we share and support.

“We are grateful of the support and kindness of Pastor Tim and members of Bethel Church who will be providing refreshments.”

The service will be suitable for multi-faith and those of no-faith. As well as an act of remembrance, there will be prayers, readings, poems, and music for reflection.

If you are unable to attend the service and wish to commemorate your loved one, please send a message to by Tuesday 23 April 2023.

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