A special Christmas carol remembrance service for parents who have lost children will take place in Derry on Sunday.
The service at St Augustine’s Church, entitled “Lights Of Love” is in support of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands.
It is one of ten similar services taking place across the UK and Ireland this weekend and will feature carols, as well as poems and readings.
Parents are also invited to place a toy/gift under the tree for the age their child would be this Christmas, these will be donated to The Salvation Army & St Vincent De Paul who will distribute them to children who otherwise wouldn’t receive a toy/gift at Christmas.
Sands NI Regional Co-ordinator, Steven Guy says many parents struggle with an urge or need to buy some small toy or gift for their child at Christmas.
“This service provides an opportunity for them to do this without feeling that it is somehow wrong.
“We have found that parents take great comfort and hope from the Lights Of Love services and warmly invite parents and their families to attend.”
The service although organised by Sands is open to any parent whose child has died at any age and from any cause of death.
For more details about the service contact Steven Guy on 028 3839 2509 OR firstname.lastname@example.org