The Baby Garden at Weston Mill Cemetery has a new feature.
Established in 1984, the Baby Garden is a separate area for families who have lost little ones and was designed as a place for quiet contemplation.
Now, in partnership with bereavement charity Little Things & Co, the Council have jointly designed and commissioned a new Forget Me Not Memorial Wall.
The memorial features two recesses for tea lights, a black board for inscriptions and a bench for moments of quiet reflection. It was built by staff from the Council’s Street Services team.
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, joined Little Things & Co founder LeighAnne Wright, to officially open the new memorial on Wednesday.
After the ribbon was cut, Derriford Hospital chaplain Rev’d Anthony Minter said a few words in dedication to the young lives that have been lost in Plymouth.
Sally said: “Plymouth is a compassionate city and so ensuring that we provide spaces and facilities such as these for people during difficult periods of their lives is so, so important.
“I was touched to have been involved in this and hope that it brings comfort to those people suffering an unimaginable level of grief.”
LeighAnne added: “Little Things and Co are dedicated to improving bereavement facilities in and around Plymouth.
“We have cared for many babies who have been laid to rest in the baby garden and we wanted to honour them with a memorial as special as they all are. We feel the unveiling is even more poignant during this important week.”
The opening of the memorial has been timed to coincide with Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Throughout this week, bereaved parents and their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
Little Things & Co are a Plymouth-based charity who offer practical and emotional support to those who have suffered the loss of a baby.