Trust logoFamilies who have experienced infant loss can remember and reflect at a dedicated memory tree at Barnsley Hospital.

The memorial tree in Women’s Services at Barnsley Hospital supports families who have been affected by pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death. Families can visit the memorial tree throughout the year but it is particularly popular during the Christmas period with families reflecting on their experiences and remembering their baby.

Ribbons are available to collect from the main reception at the hospital and families can write a personalised message dedicated to their baby before attaching it to the tree. The memorial tree offers a place for families to acknowledge the life of their baby and recognise that they are not alone in their loss.

The memorial tree is situated in the small garden outside Women’s Services and has been stood for over 20 years providing a place for reflection and remembrance for families throughout the years.

Paula Paynter, Gynaecology Counsellor, said: “We have had a very positive reaction to the memorial tree. Families have said that it gives them a special place to visit to remember their baby.

The memorial tree and garden are accessible throughout the year, not just at Christmas. The garden is safe and secure and is an ideal place for families to grieve and acknowledge the loss of their baby.”

If you would like to speak to a counsellor about pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death, please contact Paula Paynter on 01226 432008.