Remembrance Service to provide comfort

The recently unveiled Chapel at St John of God Murdoch Hospital will provide the venue for a new Remembrance Service for families in the community who have experienced the loss of a baby.

Pastoral Services Manager Jenni Ashton says our society doesn’t always recognise this grief so it can be difficult for people to acknowledge their loss.

“We hope to create a therapeutic space for guests to remember and feel supported, as they take time to acknowledge their loss, grief journey, and their hopes for the future,” Ms Ashton says.

“Families are often expected to ‘get over’ their miscarriage at some point but we should remember that sometimes, grief has no time limit.”

Grief can reappear at milestones, such as on the expected due date or the anniversary of a miscarriage. Feelings of loss can also reappear with pregnancy or when a families’ own baby is born. For some, the experience of grief is minimal.

Ms Ashton says her team at the hospital aims to provide people with support that is appropriate to how they are feeling.

“We use whatever we can to help people cope with their loss. Support can come in the form of someone to talk to, comforting words, naming and recognition of life certificates, facilitating cremations and creating memorials,” Ms Ashton says.

“We encourage people not to be anxious, to ask questions, and to be open to the process of grief that often impacts people in unexpected ways. We try to help them to understand their reactions and look for ways to adjust to their loss.”

All are welcome.

When: 10.30 am, Saturday 24 September 2016

Where: Chapel, St John of God Murdoch Hospital, at main entrance to hospital.

RSVP: email jenni.ashton@sjog.org.au or phone 9311 4772 by 19 September.

Refreshments will be provided.

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