A candle-light service will be held at a Chester church to remember babies and children who have passed away.
Claire Anderson has organised the Chester Wave of Light Service at St Werburgh’s RC Church on Thursday (October 15) and is encouraging anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby to join her.
Claire’s son Joseph was stillborn on June 2 2013 and another son, Samuel, was stillborn on February 4 this year. Both boys are buried together in the baby garden at Overleigh Cemetery, Handbridge ‘just like the bunk beds they would have shared had they been born alive’, she said.
Each year Claire organises the Wave of Light service to be held in Chester, which is an international event where participants light candles at 7pm in each time zone in order to create a wave of light across the world in memory of children that have gone too soon.
Claire, from Great Sutton who is mum to six-year-old daughter Ellie and four-year-old Stephen who is autistic, said: “I have organised this service since October 2013 held by Father Paul Shaw of St Werburgh’s Church. He gave both my boys blessings at the hospital when they were born, did both their funerals and has been an enormous support spiritually and emotionally over the years for which we will be forever grateful.
“I also have an event on Facebook called Wave of Light 2015 and I am trying to reach out to any families who have been touched by baby loss to welcome them to come and have their baby’s name read out and a candle lit in their memory," explained Claire.
“It does not matter if the baby passed away 60 years ago or 6 weeks ago, everyone is welcome."
“I want people to know that you are not alone in this journey. Unfortunately it happens to 17 babies every day in the UK alone. There are many of us, we are part of a group we would never choose to be eligible to be a part of, but we support each other wholeheartedly because we walk this journey together.”
The service starts at 6.45pm with candles to be lit at 7pm.
A raffle will take place at the service, to be drawn after the following Sunday mass.