It’s all about choice

A the recent Child Funeral Charity Seminar attracted a wide range of speakers and delegates, including funeral directors, hospital representatives, GPs and bereavement specialists.

Held at GreenAcres Chiltern in Buckinghamshire, the annual event highlighted the different funeral choices available to parents who have lost a baby or child.

From the difficult topics of infant cremations and disposal of foetal remains, to how families deal with grief, the day was full of educational talks and information and attracted many professionals who work with bereaved families.

Chief Executive Roger Gale revealed that, since its launch in 2014, the charity has supported the funeral wishes of 175 families and advised countless others.

He said: “We’ve been truly touched by the stories we’ve heard and there’s no doubt we’re playing an important role in helping families at the most difficult of times.”

He added that they had also updated their literature to make applications easier.

Sponsored by GreenAcres Chiltern and Central England Co-operative Funeralcare, Tim Morris from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management spoke on infant cremations, before John and Jemma Walsh gave an emotional talk about their business, Special Care Foetal Remains, which offers cremation of aborted or miscarried babies from the first trimester to 24 weeks, with the ashes retained.

Other speakers included Leighanne Hedges from Little Things Angel Clothes; GreenAcres Chiltern Manager Peter Taylor; Anne Barber, from Civil Ceremonies; Carole Henderson from Grief Recovery and Sarah Hext, from Harvey Hext Trust.

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