Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital will host a service of remembrance for families that have experienced the death of a child.
The multi-denominational service will take place on Friday, March 12 at 7pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork.
The staff of CUH and MUH wish to invite all parents, families and children to attend this special service, especially those who have experienced the death of a child in their home, in the Children’s Units, the Intensive Care Units and Emergency Departments of CUH and MUH.
Following the service, parents are invited to join hospital staff and other parents for light refreshments in the adjoining parish centre.
There will also be entertainment and activities for the children that attend.
Daniel Nuzum, member of the Chaplaincy Team at CUH, said, "The death of a child is a devastating experience for parents and family members.
"This multi-denominational Service of Remembrance provides an opportunity for the hospital community to come together with parents and families to remember their child, to offer support and to comfort one-another at what we hope will be a very gentle and reflective ceremony.
"During the service of readings and music, there will be an opportunity for families to present a decorated keepsake and to light a candle in memory of their child, to write an inscription in the Book of Remembrance and to spend some reflective time with other families who share a similar journey."