Babies memorial garden is opened

Opening of the new Babies Memorial Garden by Boston Borough Council and SANDS charity at Boston Crematorium.

Opening of the new Babies Memorial Garden by Boston Borough Council and SANDS charity at Boston Crematorium.

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GRIEVING parents who have lost a baby will now have a dedicated area to remember their child, after the Babies Memorial Garden was opened at Boston Crematorium.

The site, which was officially opened on Friday, will offer parents and relatives a peaceful haven and a fixed place where they can go to remember their baby.

It was set up after Carolyn Bray, a local representative from SANDS – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, approached Boston Borough Council about creating a permanent site of remembrance.

Ms Bray, who lives in Kirton, gave birth to a stillborn daughter called Rebecca in 2001.

She said: “It was a very isolating experience. Because she did not draw breath people did not know what to say or do.

“My first contact with Sands meant I was able to speak to others who had been through this. It was the biggest help I could have had.

“We have a grave in the village to go to, but many do not have that focus.”

The wall backing will offer a site for permanent memorial plaques.

The council contributed £15,000 towards the scheme, and SANDS provided the balance for the £18,562 project.

Plans are now underway to raise more money to fund seating, a permanent planting scheme and a central memorial.