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Candle Lighting Ceremony at UHG - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day takes place each year on 15 October. As part of this global initiative to recognise, acknowledge and  remember babies who have passed away due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and other causes of infant loss, University Hospital Galway will hold a virtual candle lighting memorial ceremony on Friday 15 October at 6.30pm in the hospital chapel which will lead into the international wave of light at 7pm. The candle lighting ceremony in UHG will be available to view live online at

Helen Byrnes, Bereavement Support Midwife, University Hospital Galway said, “Unfortunately, this year again we are unable to invite families to attend our service in person, but we would be delighted if they could join us online. The ceremony will be streamed live from the hospital chapel and the booklet of the songs and readings can be accessed via the Saolta website Even if the event is virtual we know from feedback from last year that families do appreciate the supportive value of the event.

“We would like to invite anyone who has been affected by pregnancy or infant loss, whenever or however it happened to join us on Friday 15 October at 6.30pm to take time out to reflect and remember.”

For further information on the virtual candle lighting ceremony or to request a booklet, please contact Helen Byrnes on 091 893614 or 087 771 2329,

As part of the international wave of light on Friday 15 October, the gable end of the Nurses’ Home in UHG will be illuminated with blue and pink light to mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Please click here if you wish to view the UHG Remembrance Ceremony booklet online.

The article above is specific to the following Saolta hospitals:: 
University Hospital Galway (UHG)