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Babies' memorial garden open

Grieving parents who have had a baby die now have a peaceful haven as a point of focus in Boston. The Babies' Memorial Garden in the grounds of Boston crematorium is open.

Carolyn, a representative for Sands - the stillbirth and neonatal death charity - approached Boston Borough Council with the idea for the memorial garden when she realised that many parents of babies who have died have no fixed place to go to remember them.

Carolyn had Rebecca in between both of her sons, Matthew (13) and James (8). A scan revealed her full-term daughter had died and she was induced and delivered the same day.

Carolyn said: "It was a very isolating experience. Because she did not draw breath people did not know what to say or do.

"My first contact with Sands meant I was able to speak to others who had been through this. It was the biggest help I could have had.

"We have a grave in the village to go to, but many do not have that focus."

She said the borough council was very supportive of the idea and thanked Kirton architects KMB who designed the memorial garden for no fee, saying it had exceeded her expectations.

The wall backing the garden would provide a fixing for memorial plaques and Sands would fundraise to provide seats, a permanent planting scheme and a central memorial feature to commemorate all babies which have been lost.