Bereaved parents and their families are being invited to a special family day of remembrance and hope.

Sands will hold their annual Garden Day and Remembrance Event on Saturday 8 June from 11am-4pm.  

We would like to invite you to the special event that can offer comfort and hope to bereaved parents and their families, as well as the opportunity to acknowledge and remember your babies.

A secular service of poems, readings, music and children’s activities will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR in the Oak Suite which is in Aspects, the new event building within the Arboretum. It will be followed by a short dedication in the Sands garden. 

Family activities, including a Sands Super Stars walk and seed planting will be held at Aspects and will begin at 11am.

The annual service of remembrance and hope will begin at 2pm in the Oak Suite and will include a range of poems, readings and music.

The event will include a time for quiet reflection and will be concluded with a short dedication within the Sands garden, followed by refreshments and a chance to speak to the Sands team and other bereaved parents. 

The Sands Garden is one of over 350 gardens within the National Memorial Arboretum and is dedicated to the memory of all babies who have died.  

At the heart of the garden is a beautiful Portland stone sculpture of a baby, created by the respected sculptor John Roberts.  

You are welcome to attend for all or part of the day, which is open to anyone of any faith or none.  

Josephine Ashton, a bereaved mother from Stoke-on-Trent, said: “The Sands Garden Day and Remembrance event is always a lovely day to attend. This year will be our 11th service. It’s nice to meet with and speak to other parents from across the country who have lost their babies too.

“The National Memorial Arboretum is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit and the day always provides great comfort.”

The Sands Garden Day and Remembrance Event takes place during Sands Awareness Month (1-30 June), which this year will focus on Finding Your Way after pregnancy loss and baby loss and seeking support in a way that is right for each parent.

Our chief executive, Clea Harmer, said: “The death of a baby can have a devastating impact on parents and their families. I’d like to invite you to join us at the Sands Garden event whether you are recently or long ago bereaved.

"The welcoming atmosphere and tranquillity of the National Memorial Arboretum provides the perfect setting to remember your baby.”

Entry to the Arboretum and the Sands Garden Day and Remembrance Event is free, but online registration is preferred in advance or in person on the day. Click here to register.

Picture: The beautiful Portland stone sculpture of a baby, created by sculptor John Roberts.