The 27th annual baby memorial service at Chester Cathedral takes place on Sunday, April 10 at 11.30am.

The service is for people who have lost a baby through miscarriage, still birth, neo- natal death, cot death or any other cause and is a chance for everyone to come together for a special day of remembrance.

During the service name cards are collected and read out by the Canon of Chester and hospital chaplain John Kingsley. Candle will be lit as a sign of hope for the future.

Karen Dalton from the Chester Miscarriage Support Group said: “While the physical effects of a miscarriage are dealt with quite quickly, leaving no visual scars, the emotional pain can stay with you for the rest of your life. More than one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, yet society still struggles to deal with people facing the loss of a pregnancy.

Taboo subject

“The attitude has improved slightly but miscarriage is still a very taboo subject. Getting people to understand that it’s not just the baby you have lost, but the whole future that baby would have brought.

“In my role as organiser of the Chester Miscarriage Support Group and the annual memorial service, I still hear all the negative comments. People do not understand the need to go through the grieving process. Being told “you can always have another one or at least you know you can get pregnant” does not make losing that baby any easier. Just a simple “I’m sorry you have lost your baby” is all that is needed.

“The support group has been running for over 25 years. I get referrals from GPs, Countess of Chester Hospital and Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Talking about losing your baby to others who have suffered a miscarriage really does help.”

Monthly meetings

The group meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Caldy Valley Church centre at 7.30pm.

There is also a baby memorial garden at Blacon Crematorium where there are large headstones for people to add an inscription to remember the baby they have lost.

Anyone who would like further information can contact Chester Miscarriage Support Group on 01829 270083 or visit