Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2020
A newly-created children's memorial garden, in the grounds of Mintlyn Crematorium, was blessed by Stella Green, Lead Chaplain at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation on Tuesday 18 August 2020.
The new memorial garden, which is set within the Garden of Contemplation, will provide a facility for the ashes of children to be scattered, a service that hasn't previously been available at Mintlyn.
Stella Green said: "I am happy to dedicate and bless the new memorial garden at Mintlyn Crematorium. It is so important for bereaved parents to be able to come somewhere to remember their baby. During that initial period of intense grieving, when you can no longer hold your baby, having a special place to come to remember them is some consolation and I know Mintlyn will make it a very calm and beautiful place."
Cllr Paul Kunes, Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Members, said: “The premature loss of a baby or young child is a tragic and extremely emotional experience. We have created this new children's memorial garden to provide families with a place to remember their loved one in an area of privacy, separate from other graves. Nothing can take away the pain of that loss, but this garden will provide a place for reflection and remembrance.”
Plaques bought from the crematorium can be placed within the memorial garden.
Further information about memorials at Mintlyn Crematorium is available online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/mintlyn