Grieving families invited to decorate hospital’s memorial tree

BARNSLEY Hospital is inviting families and friends who have lost children and babies to remember them by decorating their memorial tree.

Special ribbons are available to tie to the hospital’s memorial tree to commemorate the lives of all children and babies who have died - especially those lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

The tree, situated in the memorial garden, outside the Women’s and Children’s department backing on to Pogmoor Road, was planted more than ten years ago and is used throughout the year as a focus for families in very emotional times.

Hospital counsellor Paula Paynt said: “Losing a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death is traumatic and painful for all family members.

“Tying a ribbon on the memorial tree brings peace to a lot of families who have experienced such great sorrow; it is also an opportunity for all members of the family to come together and remember, and to celebrate the life of their baby.”

Ribbons can be collected from the Main Reception of the hospital or from Ward 14.