Candles will burn in special memories of young loved ones at Woronora Memorial Park this month, for a pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day service.
On October 15, families will gather at the park for a candlelight service in Karinya Garden, the children’s area, from 6.30pm. The garden was designed as a serene resting place for children up to 12 years of age.
The remembrance day was first officially recognised in 2012 by NSW Parliament. It aims to promote awareness of the services and support available to those who have suffered the loss of a child or loss while pregnant or stillborn. It also provides the opportunity for people to unite to honour the life of a child.
Each attendee will receive a white candle as part of the tribute.
Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries NSW chief executive Graham Boyd says the ceremony will be a chance to heal.
“The service will take place in the evening with fairy lights and violinists, giving the whole event a very spiritual ambience,” he said.
“For families who have suffered the unimaginable loss of a child, the ceremony is a chance for grief to be shared and a burden unloaded in a reflective and healing atmosphere.
“Families meet neighbours of our community and find a lot of support from each other.
“They also gain enormous value from the support structure provided by the support groups in attendance.”
There will be representatives from supporting organisations including SANDS, Stillbirth Foundation Australia, Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids), Bears for Hope, Pillars of Strength, The Compassionate Friends NSW Inc, HeartKids, Pink Elephants Support Network and Running for Premature Babies.
Details: 121 Linden Street, Sutherland. RSVP by October 11 by ringing 9545 4677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org