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06/12/2012 15:32
As you may have seen there has been a lot of press coverage on Mortonhall. Just in case the families in Glasgow and the west have concerns, we thought it best to put some information here. 

This is a statement from them:

The following is a statement following media reports today about 
historic practices at Mortonhall Crematorium.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment convener, said: "I want to offer 
my deepest apologies to all those families who have been affected by 
this dreadful and completely unacceptable situation. 

"As soon as I became aware of this heartbreaking matter I met with 
Sands to express my sincere regret and reassure them I will do 
everything in my power to find out how this happened. 

"It is reassuring that this practice no longer occurs, although nothing 
can ever fully make up for the hurt families may have suffered as a 
result of this unacceptable situation. 

"We now need to establish exactly what has gone on previously and how 
it was allowed to happen. We are already discussing with Sands some 
form of memorial as a mark of respect." 

Since May 2011 Mortonhall Crematorium has offered families the ashes of 
their babies. The previous practice of not offering ashes and burying 
them in the Garden of Remembrance has only just come to light following 
discussions with Sands. 

All the ashes will have been placed in the Garden of Remembrance.

If any of our parents or families have any concerns please contact 
ourselves and we can deal with each case, as quickly as possible. 

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The Glasgow Sands organisation produces support leaflets, these are normally provided to bereaved parents during their stay in hospital and can also be collected from our Support Meetings. 

Health Professionals can request these leaflets and we will issue you free of charge copies as required - Please click to view leaflets and how to order 

Glasgow Sands donate quarterly to the National Organisation who are working to promote research and improvements in practice which could save babies' lives.

This section contains first hand experiences written by parents and their relatives about the death of their baby, plus a selection of poems and memorials. Please click on the links to read more.

Parents Experiences Relatives Experiences Poems/Memorials

Fundraising with Glasgow SANDS

Glasgow Sands is a charity that receives no goverment funding, all financial support comes from fundraisers and their wonderful efforts.  Losing a baby not only affects the immediate family but friends and the extended family too. Find out how you can help...


Add a Memorial Page
Add a Memorial Page
Within the Chapel of Rest at each of the maternity hospitals across the city, and at Wishaw, Glasgow Sands befrienders work with the staff to maintain memorial books.  These leather bound books are available for all to read. For the Southern General you will need to request to view them at the maternity Hospital.

Should you wish to add a page you can - click here to find out how


We are so sorry that your baby has died.


Memory BoxIt may feel very hard to take in the reality of what has happened and to have any thoughts of what to do next. However, many parents have told us how important the memories of the short time they have with their baby are and that they have found it comforting to have reminders that they can look at and hold.

This ‘Always Loved, Never Forgotten’ memory box is given by Glasgow Sands as a way to create some memories which you can cherish.


Should you wish to request a Memory Box you can - click here to find out how