There are many ways you can remember your baby and the Sands booklet Saying Goodbye to Your Baby suggests a range of things you can do.
Memory boxes and memory pockets are provided by Aberdeen Sands to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital so that parents have a place to keep their mementos. Depending on their baby’s gestation or age, parents may want to collect, for example, photographs, imprints of their baby’s hand and foot, a lock of hair, scan pictures, a name band, clothes or a shawl, certificates and other mementos.
If you did not receive a memory box or pocket please get in contact with us.
The Sands Garden at the Hazlehead Cemetry was opened by the Lord Provost in June 2014. Aberdeen SANDS funded the creation of the garden and is dedicated to the memory of all babies who have died.
A wall surrounds a memorial stone engraved with the words ‘To the world a baby, to us the world, briefly in our lives forever in our hearts’ The garden also includes three oak benches with inscriptions on which parents and families can sit and reflect.
It is a tranquil place where parents, families and anyone else affected by the loss of a baby can visit and remember their baby in peace.
Aberdeen SANDS have also erected a small memorial stone up at Hazlehead Crematorium where families can visit and remember their baby.
Aberdeen SANDS in conjunction with the chaplains from NHS Grampian hold some annual events in which you can remember your baby along with others whose babies have also died.
We usually organise a summer event in June to mark SANDS awareness month. Dates can be found in the Events page.
Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for families so to provide some comfort a short memorial service is held in Dec in the chapel at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
There are 2 services the first being a quiet service with no children present then a second service for families. The services are open to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby.
Dates of these services can be found on the events page.
Aberdeen SANDS can send a remembrance cards to you on the anniversary of your babies death. If you wish to receive a card please get in contact with us stating your babies name, date of birth and a contact address.
There are memorial books for babies who have died at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. These books are kept in the Chapel and can be viewed at any time.
The book is arranged with a page for each family with space for the babies name, date of birth and a space for a few personal words.
If you would like your baby to be remembered in this book please complete the Memory Book Application Form and return to the address at the bottom of the form.
A calligrapher will write out the page and once it is completed a page will be inserted in the memorial book and you will be sent a copy. It may be some weeks before you receive your copy.