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Children's Memorial Garden
A quiet place to reflect & remember
'This Garden is Dedicated to the Memory of all our Babies, Infants and Children - Forever Loved Always Remembered'
A quiet corner of the remembrance garden at woodvale crematorium has been set aside and developed as a secluded garden for the strewing of cremated remains of infants, with provision for a small bronze memorial plaque to be placed in this area in commemoration of the child.
The children's memorial garden is available to all parents who have suffered the loss of a child, regardless of where the funeral took place, as the council appreciates the need for all parents to be united and to share each other's grief.
Small toys, pot plants and personal memento's may be placed in the memorial garden, whenever parents consider it to be appropriate. Please do not place memento's in the flower beds or the grassed areas.
A Service of Dedication took place in the Children's Memorial Garden on 16th June 2010, where representatives of all faiths blessed and dedicated the garden.
During the service, prayers we said for the bereaved and a special poem for mothers read -
'In a fairy castle just beyond my eyes
My baby plays with angel toys that money cannot buy
Who am I to wish her back into this world of strife?
No, play on my baby you have eternal life
At night when all is silent yet sleep forsakes my eyes
I hear her tiny footsteps come running to my side
Her tiny footsteps come running to my side
Her tiny hand caress me so tenderly and sweet
I breathe a sigh and say a prayer embrace her in my sleep
Now I have a treasure that I hold above all other
I have known true glory for I am still her mother'.