By Jessica Lawrence
Buildings across Derry City and Strabane Council will be lit up pink and blue for one week to highlight Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Baby Loss Awareness Week will run from October 9 to October 15, with wellbeing and sharing what has helped those affected central to this year’s event.
Civic buildings such as the Guildhall Clock, Council Offices and the Tinnies will be lit up to help raise awareness of the issue.
Chief Executive of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS), Clea Harmer, hopes that this year’s event will start more conversations around the topic.
She said: “For anyone whose baby has died, however recent or long ago, the world is changed forever and there is no simple answer to grief.
“We hope that this year’s event will help bereaved parents and families feel more able to talk about their babies and find ways to look after themselves and others.”
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said he was proud to facilitate the gesture.
He said: “A pregnancy or baby loss will visit one in four couples, bringing unimaginable pain and grief to those affected. It is an opportunity to highlight that they are not alone and there are support services in place to guide them through this heart-breaking time.”
On October 10, Council Offices and Alley Theatre will be lit purple for World Mental Health Day, before reverting to pink and blue.