Parents and families who have experienced the death of a child before or shortly after birth or at a later stage are invited to remember their loved ones at a special Mass of Remembrance which will take place on Sunday at Galway Cathedral.
The theme of this year’s Mass, which is organised by the Children’s Remembrance Day Committee, at University Hospital Galway is “Love and Mercy”. It will include a talk from guest speaker Dr Dan Murphy.
The chairperson of the Children’s Remembrance Day Committee, Margaret Duignan, believes there is a need for a special day for parents and families to share their grief.
‘I would encourage anybody that would like their loved one to be included in this special Mass to contact us in advance. Support lets the bereaved person know that there are people there that they can call on.”
Committee member Susan Massey says any death, especially that of a child, upsets a family. “Parents are robbed of the joys and expectations that go with parenthood and siblings also feel cheated of the chance to get to know their little brother or sister. This Mass of Remembrance offers family members the opportunity to come together and share their grief in an understanding and empathetic environment.”
The Children’s Remembrance Day Committee was formed 20 years ago. Every year a special Mass takes place for those who have died and the Books of Remembrance will be available for viewing afterwards.
For further information, including the time of the event, contact Margaret Duignan at (091 ) 523206 or Susan Massey on (091 ) 635302.