Baby cemetery is a benchmark for others

Karen Nelson (left) and Megan Murray from the Friends of Carleton Baby Cemetery at the Cradling Hand sculpture in the cemetery.
Karen Nelson (left) and Megan Murray from the Friends of Carleton Baby Cemetery at the Cradling Hand sculpture in the cemetery.
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Grieving parents are being helped through the loss of a baby thanks to the new

arrangements now in place at Carleton Cemetery.

Families can now have a free plaque on the wall of remembrance, while those who opt for a burial can have a free plinth.

The changes follow close working between Blackpool Council and the Friends of Carleton Cemetery Babies group.

Megan Murray, bereavement support nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, said: “Blackpool has become a national benchmark for other councils to work towards in the excellent service they offer all parents who lose a baby.

“They constantly update me on the progress at the baby area and consult with the families to continue to provide an area for all our babies to be acknowledged and remembered.

“Parents know they can leave the grave knowing the grass will be cut and their flowers, windmills and other mementoes won’t be moved,

“Most parents worry about the maintenance and how their grave looks.

“By having this option it lessens some of these difficult feelings they can experience when they leave their baby’s grave.”

Karen Nelson, who has two babies, Bradley and Lauren, buried in the baby cemetery, said the facility was a “nice area”.

“Big improvements have been made to the baby cemetery in recent years,” she added.