As the story of Zoe's nine hours of life and subsequent death unfolded I decided that I would like to do something positive in honour of Zoe and all the other babies and children buried at the cemetery. Initially I had only wanted to establish a remembrance book for children who had died. During a meeting about this, it was suggested that we set up an organisation for bereaved families; which we did this is called the Friends of Aldershot Military Cemetery. I agreed that support was needed for the families, however my wish was to work with families who have been bereaved of a child.
"Brief Lives - Remembered" was founded in July 2004 by Paula Jackson and the then Garrison Sargent Major Joe Fairbairn.
We are a non-profit making organisation based in Aldershot, Hampshire. We support families who have been bereaved of a baby or child whether they live locally or around the world.
A remembrance book for babies and children
We assist families with tracing their baby's grave
Plans are underway to establish the "Footsteps" project. where we will fund memorials dedicated to babies who were stillborn or who died soon after birth, The memorials will be installed in cemeteries accross the UK.
All the services we offer are free, however any donation you feel you would like to make would be gratefully received.