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UMHL Ceremony of Remembrance 2021 will take place virtually this year on Sunday, November 21

UMHL Ceremony of Remembrance 2021 to take place virtually this year

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald 

UMHL Ceremony of Remembrance 2021 The ceremony will be live-streamed from the Church of the Holy Rosary

The ceremony will be live-streamed from the Church of the Holy Rosary

The University Maternity Hospital Limerick will be hosting its annual UMHL Ceremony of Remembrance 2021 virtually this year. 

A live stream from The Church of the Holy Rosary, Ennis Road, Limerick, on Sunday, November 21 at 5pm.

The service will be led by Fr Des McAuliffe.

The UMHL Ceremony of Remembrance 2021 acknowledges pregnancies that were lost and the babies who have died through miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death. 

Marie Hunt, Clinical Midwife Specialist Bereavement and Loss, UMHL, said that the ceremony was for all bereaved families and not only those who had experienced a loss more recently.

Parents who have experienced the death of their baby/pregnancy loss at any stage, together with their family, friends, and hospital staff, are all welcome to attend this service.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have had to deliver our services differently, and this virtual service of remembrance is another example of this. We encourage all families in the MidWest who have experienced such a devastating loss to join us in the company of a family member for the online ceremony. We will remember all babies and the families who grieve them in a special way on the day,” Ms Hunt said.

“The service is an annual event which aims to acknowledge the pregnancies that were lost and the lives of babies who have died through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death. We welcome parents and families whose babies may have died many years ago as well as those more recently bereaved. 

“Perinatal grief is a unique experience as parents grieve for their longed-for babies and the hopes and dreams they had for them. The annual remembrance service is a very special event which brings parents and families together in their grief and acknowledges the short lives of their babies,” said Ms. Hunt

“Staff at University Maternity Hospital Limerick witness the deep grief and sadness felt by parents who have been told their baby has died. The remembrance service provides a space for staff, the parents and extended families to reflect on the love and care they have shown to families who are bereaved and to acknowledge and express their own grief and sadness for the little lives that were lost.”

For those unable to attend the UMHL ceremony of remembrance at that time, the service will be recorded and posted to the parish website.

The UMHL ceremony of remembrance is an annual event organised by the Bereavement Support Department and midwifery staff at UMHL. 

To attend the UMHL Ceremony of Remembrance go HERE 

For more stories on University Maternity Hospital Limerick go HERE 

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