*IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING HEADINGTON CEMETERY*
A project has been launched by Oxfordshire City Council, the John Radcliffe hospital and Oxfordshire Sands to improve the Sands Memorial Garden at the Headington Cemetery, following feedback from bereaved families that the garden is beginning to look unkempt and is lacking dignity and respect.
The Garden is very important to those whose babies are buried there and those who use it as a place to visit and remember. It therefore needs to be a calm and beautiful place to visit. The aim is to lay a new path, provide new benches and install a notice board with useful information for bereaved parents. It is also hoped that there will be a system for removing floral displays once their condition deteriorates.
Many parents find a great deal of comfort in placing mementos and keepsakes at the memorial for their babies. Unfortunately, lots of these deteriorate, which can cause distress to bereaved parents. While the improvements are made, the mementos have been removed and carefully stored at the cemetery office in Cutterslow Park. If you would like to collect anything being stored, please ring 01865 252516. Keepsakes will continue to be removed at the beginning of each month.
We understand that this may be distressing for relatives whose items have been moved, but we hope that people will see the benefit of the improvements for the whole community.
Support is available through Oxfordshire Sands who work with bereaved families.
The joint committee is really keen that the Garden is restored to a place of beauty and calm so that those attending funerals, visiting graves or just taking time to think, can find peace and comfort there.
As bereaved parents ourselves, we understand the devastation and grief surrounding the loss of a baby. Our befriender service can be accessed via telephone and email, providing support and information for parents, families and friends.
We hold regular, informal group meetings, where individual stories can be shared and support and advice offered. Many bereaved parents find that the chance to openly talk to people who have also lost a baby is a lifeline, because somebody else really does understand what they are going through.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we are always here to listen and offer our support.