Service of hope at Norwich Cathedral marks baby loss

A special service for people who have lost a baby through miscarriage, termination or stillbirth was held at Norwich Cathedral on October 19.

The ‘Doorway of Hope’ service was organised by local pregnancy loss charity Time Norfolk.

The service was a time for people who had lost a baby during pregnancy or during the early months of life to reflect on their loss and remember their child in a public way.

Over 50 people attended the service, including men and women and those coping with recent loss and others from years ago.
Some of the people who have used Time Norfolk's counselling service spoke of their experience. One of them was Lizzie, who, together with her husband were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to have a medical termination of their baby Beau in order to save the life of Beaus twin brother Wilf.

Lizzie said, "I'm sharing my story in the hope that others who have also suffered the loss of a baby will find some hope in the fact that I was able to heal. I'll never be the same person I was before this happened but I now know I can - and deserve to - lead a happy and fulfilled life.'

People were given time during the service to remeber their lost babies and to light a candle. There was also the opportunity to write  amessage in a book for remembrance.

Baby Loss Awareness week was held from October 9 - 15. Each day of the week Time Norfolk featured their clients' stories, including fathers, mothers and grandmothers.  They covered topics including miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility and IVF. On Facebook, Time Norfolk say, "Hopefully this week of clients stories will have gone some way to help #breakthesilence around pregnancy loss and also give you hope for the future if you are in that place of grief."

The stories are available to read on the Time Norfolk website: https://timenorfolk.org.uk/blog/

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