We have a memorial garden for babies and children at Aldershot Crematorium.
Our beautiful baby and children's memorial garden was created by Farnborough SANDS, the charity which supports people affected by the loss of a child at any stage.
The garden was made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of Farnborough SANDS members, generous donations from individuals and businesses, Rushmoor Borough Council and a grant from the Farnborough airport community environmental fund.
It was opened in July 2016 and we received the South East in Bloom Judges' Award the following year.
The design features gentle curving paths that take the visitor on a journey through light feathery planting.
Plants have been carefully chosen to attract wildlife and provide year-round interest. Specimen trees and shrubs have brought structure and shelter to the area.
The garden includes modern sculptures, a moon bed where engraved pebbles can be laid, curved benches and a memorial wall, where visitors can light a candle for their loved one.
We will not be scattering any cremated remains in the memorial garden. After careful discussion with SANDS, we have agreed to keep the garden as an area of remembrance and we will keep our special woodland scattering area for that purpose.
We will be happy to show you the location of the woodland area in our grounds. If you want to scatter cremated remains, you will need to make an appointment, as we have to record the day, time and location of where scatterings take place.
Wave of Light service
Every year to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week, SANDS together with our bereavement services team hold a Wave of Light service.
Children's names are read out and loved ones can light candles in their memory.