Our first ever annual Snowdrops event – a Baby Remembrance Ceremony took place on Thursday 14th October 2021 at the Barnwood Reading Room in Gloucester, as well as being streamed online via Facebook.
You can watch the video of the ceremony here.
The non-religious ceremony was led by professional community celebrant Christina Snell, and organised by the Footsteps team of staff and volunteers.
During the event, people were invited to remember a baby by adding a star to our Tree of Stars which we then placed in our charity shop window in time for the Wave of Light on the final day of Baby Loss Awareness Week on Friday 15 October. Christina also
read out each of the names during the ceremony, providing a shared space to remember for everyone watching both in the room and online.
One of the attendees said; “Please can I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful, sensitive service. This was the very first time that someone had provided me with a safe place and time to remember my baby who died in pregnancy. It was evident that a lot of thought, love and care had gone into it and I felt that you really understood the level of my pain and grief.”
People who attended the event in person received a small keepsake bag which included a candle for the Wave of Light as well as a small bag containing two Snowdrop flower bulbs to plant in remembrance. Dry snowdrop bulbs can be planted in October or November. However, you may wish to do this in a large container, with moist but well-drained soil, on
a windowsill rather than outside. You’ll find some expert advice here: https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-snowdrops/
We now plan to hold the ceremony every October during Baby Loss Awareness Week – including 2022 which is our tenth anniversary as a charity.
We rely on donations and grants to continue our work supporting people facing pregnancy related issues in Gloucestershire. Please click here if you would like to donate.
If you’ve been affected by the issues raised during Baby Loss Awareness Week, support information is available here.
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