A council-run crematorium in Edinburgh was slated this month for burying the ashes of hundreds of dead babies in a communal grave, telling parents there were no ashes.
Staff at Mortonhall had for years buried babies’ ashes in their garden of remembrance, giving families no opportunity to make their own grave or memorial.
An inquiry has been announced by Edinburgh City Council, and the crematorium has changed its policy so that the remains of babies stillborn or suffering neonatal death are now treated like any other person.
The discovery of this insensitive practice highlights the need of many bereaved to find some place where they can feel close to the departed, whilst feeling their loved one has been treated with respect.
What a shame that until the charity Sands investigated this issue, parents had been left at the mercy of the crematorium staff.
The Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity website can be found here.
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