BLESSING OF THE BABY GARDEN - Nottingham Road Cemetary - 14th December 2010
Photographs taken by Barry Thompson LRPS.
Nottingham Road Cemetery Baby Garden Blessing and Remembrance Service, 14th December 2010
During 2010 a number of improvements have been made to the baby garden at Nottingham Road Cemetery, Chaddesden, to make the
garden more private and peaceful for parents and families visiting their baby's grave. These include the planting of a row of box
hedge plants to separate the baby garden from the rest of the cemetery. Derby Sands also funded and organised the installation of a
beautiful, custom made wrought iron archway at the entrance of the garden.
To acknowledge the positive changes that have been made a Blessing and Remembrance service was organised by Lou Evans (Derby
Sands), Cemetery Staff and the Reverend Marise Hargreaves (a chaplain at the Royal Derby Hospital). The 30 minute service was
attended by parents, family and friends of the babies who are sleeping in the garden.
Faye Thompson (Derby Sands member) read one of her own poems "One Minute In Heaven" dedicated to her son, Zac, during the
service. Lou Evans read two poems, "Little Snowdrop" and one she wrote for the occasion "A Message from our Babies at Christmas-
time". Rev Marise Hargreaves blessed the new archway and all the babies in the garden and then there was time for quiet reflection.
The service ended with six white doves (provided free of charge by Derbyshire Doves) being released from the hands of six daddy's
and then pink and blue heart-shaped helium balloons being released by the mummy's.
"The service was incredibly emotional, especially as for many families who attended, this will be their first Christmas without their
precious baby. It was however a great comfort to share this time with other parents in the same situation and to know that you are
not alone. For me, the dove release was just beautiful - they circled the cemetery, swooped right down then flew off into the
distance together - it took my breath away, it was so significant" - Lou Evans.
It is hoped that the service will become an annual event at the baby garden as so many parents choose for their babies to rest at the
Nottingham Road Cemetery, including many of the Derby Sands parents.
Lou Evans (17/12/10)
Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and
promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives
Charity registration number 299679