New site to remember children at Mintlyn Crematorium
A new memorial garden for children has been blessed in a ceremony at West Norfolk’s crematorium.
The facility has been developed within the Garden of Contemplation at the Mintlyn Crematorium, near Lynn.
The site offers grieving parents the opportunity to scatter their children’s ashes in the garden – an option that was previously not available at Mintlyn.
The garden was blessed by Stella Green, Lead Chaplain at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, during a ceremony yesterday afternoon.
She said she was pleased to be able to officiate at the event.
She added: “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.”
Paul Kunes, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for commercial services, 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.”
The council says plaques which have been bought from Mintlyn can also be placed within the new garden.