Garden of Remembrance for bereaved parents

A new Garden of Remembrance is being developed this spring at Knock Shrine to provide a special place of prayer for bereaved parents.

The garden is an initiative by the Family Centre and the gardening team at Knock Shrine.

The idea was formed followed the annual gathering of bereaved parents at Knock last November.

It was decided to plant snowdrops in the Garden of Remembrance, in memory of the children enrolled in the Knock Book of Remembrance.

The invitation was extended to all bereaved parents to sow their own bulb and return it to the Family Centre at Knock Shrine in the first week in February.

The bulbs will be blessed at a special ceremony on Sunday, February 7th, and the children and their parents will be remembered in a short prayer service.

The snowdrops will then be planted in mid to late February in a designated area, which will be a place of remembrance for parents and a place of prayer for all pilgrims who visit Knock Shrine during 2016.

Monica Morley, director of the Family Centre, said all bereaved parents are welcome to be a part of this initiative.

To take part, parents can drop a planted snowdrop into the Family Centre any day between February 1st and February 7th at 3pm, and include the name of their child on the container and the date they died.

For further information, contact Monica Morley at the Family Centre on (094) 9375320.