Islanders remembered precious babies who died during pregnancy at a ‘Wave of Light’ event, held on Saturday October 14th at the Caberfeidh Hotel in Stornoway.
Well attended by local families and friends, the event was organised by NHS Western Isles’ Sèimh (Gaelic for gentle peace) and formed part of a national annual event to support bereaved parents and remember their precious babies who had died during pregnancy or close to the time of their birth.
Sèimh Coordinators, Mrs Joanne Murray-Stewart, Midwifery Department, and Mrs Helen Gallacher, Spiritual Care Department, said: “This was a truly unique event and the first ‘Wave of Light’ to be held within the Western Isles.
“We would also like to thank ‘Essence of Harris’ who kindly provided us with specially-made candles which families were able to use during the event.”
One family member who attended the Wave of Light event commented: “It was such a powerful and emotional evening.
“Taking time out and seeing all the lit candles really made me feel so privileged to be a part of this amazing group, which no one ever wants to become a part of.”
And another family member added: “The evening was very peaceful and tranquil all with their own thoughts and feelings, it was amazing to see everyone light a candle in remembrance of their little ones.”
Funds raised during the evening will further the work of ‘Sèimh’, which supports bereaved parents whose baby has died at any stage of pregnancy or close to the time of birth as well as supporting those who are planning or going through a new pregnancy.
The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the Chaplaincy Quiet Room at Western Isles Hospital and is facilitated by midwife Joanne Murray-Stewart and hospital chaplain Helen Gallacher.
The meetings are also bilingual, for those who may feel more comfortable talking in Gaelic.
If you would like further information about Sèimh, please contact Helen Gallacher, Spiritual Care Department at Western Isles Hospital, tel. 01851 704704.