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2 June 2010

Final memorial service at Trinity Cemetery for stillborn babies

The last memorial service at Trinity Cemetery in Aberdeen, to remember stillborn babies, will be held on Sunday, June 6.
Each year, since 1986, hospital chaplains have conducted these special services beside the memorial stone at Trinity Cemetery.
Commenting on the decision to end holding the service at Trinity Cemetery, Reverend Fred Coutts, chaplain at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, said:
"Stillborn babies are now laid to rest at Hazlehead Cemetery, as the ground at Trinity has been full for some time, and we have noticed a steady fall over the past few years in the numbers attending the services at Trinity. We spoke to families and together decided it was most appropriate to conclude the services at Trinity."  Consideration is now being given to holding services at Hazlehead.
This will be the 21st service at Trinity which Rev Coutts has attended: "As I walk along the rows of stones and read the names, I remember the families with whom I have shared these sad times."
All are welcome to come and share in this last memorial service, which will be held at 2pm on Sunday, June 6, in Trinity Cemetery, Park Road, Aberdeen.
"Of course individual families will continue to visit graves at Trinity, laying flowers and mementoes, and remembering their stillborn babies and those who died near the start of life," said Rev Coutts.
Members of the Aberdeen branch of SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society) have commissioned a new memorial stone which will be erected soon at the new baby section of Hazlehead Cemetery.
The focus for remembering together will now be the annual SANDS pre-Christmas service held on the first Sunday in December each year at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Chapel.