Council invites families to discuss memorial after Aberdeen baby ashes scandal

Problem: Aberdeen City Council was heavily criticised about what happened at the Hazlehead crematorium.

People affected by the baby ashes scandal at Aberdeen Crematorium are invited to attend one of three meetings next week to discuss setting up a memorial.

Failings at the Hazlehead site were highlighted in June following an investigation which criticised Aberdeen City Council.

It emerged that ashes of unrelated adults and infants had been routinely mixed, with baby ashes often not returned to parents.

There are three dates and times available and the format will be the same for each of these.

They will be held on Tuesday at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and on Saturday, January 21 at 10.30am for an 11am start or 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

The venue for all of the meetings is the function suite at Hazlehead Cafe in Hazlehead Park.

The meetings will be chaired by John Birrell from Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland who has vast experience in bereavement care and was a member of the Infant Cremation Commission.

Mr Birrell said: “Anyone affected by the past practices at Aberdeen Crematorium is invited to the meetings.

“These meetings will discuss the initial steps in setting up a lasting memorial, and will discuss issues such as what type of memorial people would like and where it should be placed.

“The meeting is open to anyone who were affected by what happened and they are very welcome to come along to any of the three dates and time offered.”

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland and SANDS Aberdeen have kindly offered to be present at the meetings to offer their support to families.

The meeting will be supported by Aberdeen City Council.

Anyone affected wanting to attend one of the three dates should contact Bereavement Services on 01224 522485 or email burials@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Alternatively, anyone who cannot attend these dates but would wish their views to be included can fill in a questionnaire.

A paper questionnaire can be requested from the previous phone number or email address, and an online questionnaire will be available on the city council’s website www.aberdeencity.gov.uk from January 17.

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