A chance to remember

Elena Larkin at the candles that were lit during the service for bereaved parents and their families at St Hilda's church on Saturday
Elena Larkin at the candles that were lit during the service for bereaved parents and their families at St Hilda's church on Saturday

A POIGNANT service has been held for people to remember their lost loved ones.

St Hilda’s Church on the Headland in Hartlepool was the setting on Saturday for an annual service dedicated to people who have suffered the devastation of losing a baby, child or young person.

The service has become a part of the St Hilda’s calendar and is always held on the day before Mother’s Day.

It takes place for Compassionate Friends, which supports and links families together who have lost young relatives.

It describes itself as a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to supporting others in the same position as themselves.

Once the service was over, people got a chance to light candles in remembrance and say a prayer in memory of loved ones.

Saturday’s service was led by Reverend Bill Worley and the theme was Mother Earth. Organisers say the service is small, but always appreciated by those who attend.

Reverend Chris Collison, St Hilda’s parish priest, previously told the Hartlepool Mail: “It’s an occasion for mums and dads, brothers and sisters and any family and friends to meet together and remember babies, children and young people who have sadly passed away.”

He said the service was also a chance for people who had been through the same sort of ordeal to meet and have a chance to chat.