Council set to meet families to discuss possible memorial for victims of baby ashes scandal

A council is to meet all of the families affected by the baby ashes scandal to discuss plans to create a memorial in Aberdeen for the victims.

Invitations will be sent out in the next four weeks providing details of the meeting.

It comes six months after the city council was slammed in the National Cremation Investigation, led by former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini.

The inquiry said the most serious issues of the entire Scotland-wide investigation had taken place at the city’s Hazlehead Crematorium, run by the local authority.

Staff at the crematorium were found to have been cremating deceased infants in the same chamber as adults.

The ashes were then inadvertently mixed together and given back to the relatives of the deceased adult.

Now, a range of measures are planned to help those affected while also making sure future practices are correct.

A report by Aberdeen City Council chief executive Angela Scott, which will be heard by councillors on Wednesday, says: “A meeting will now take place with all those affected by the past practices at Aberdeen Crematorium to discuss plans for a local memorial.

“Invitations will be sent out within the next four weeks to all those that have contacted the council.

“Bereavement charities Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity) and Cruse Bereavement Care have been invited to help support families.”

The council is continuing to receive claims in connection with historical practices at the crematorium.

Ms Scott’s report adds: “These claims are confidential and are in the hands of the council’s insurers.”

Plans are also being looked to host specific chapel services for shared pregnancy loss cremations at Aberdeen Crematorium.

The report says: “NHS Grampian currently book quarterly (i.e. four) chapel services per year for parents where the hospital have made funeral arrangements.

“NHS Grampian have been informed that Aberdeen Crematorium can facilitate additional chapel services.”