October 11, 2017
A memorial service and morning tea to mark “International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day” will be held in Kingaroy on Sunday morning.
The service, co-ordinated by Kingaroy midwife Jennifer Renshaw, will be held in Memorial Park from 10:00am.
Jennifer said the special service was for South Burnett families who have gone through the pain of having a miscarriage or stillbirth.
“As a midwife, I have seen firsthand the devastation of families who have gone through a pregnancy and delivery and then, tragically, don’t get to take their baby home,” Jennifer said.
“It’s so important to acknowledge that these tiny children were loved and they continue to be honoured and remembered.
“The memorial service will include a bubble release as a remembrance symbol of the precious souls and a morning tea that will be a chance for families to share their stories in a supportive environment.
“We will also be giving people who come to the event a candle to take home so they can light it for at least an hour from 7:00pm on Sunday as part of a global event to remember the babies who lit up the lives of their families for such a short time.
“The hope is that everyone worldwide will do this so there is a continuous wave of light around the world to honour all the babies who have died too soon.”
Jennifer said all people who had experienced loss, as well as their families, were welcome to attend.
The morning tea will be held at 10:00am with the memorial service to start at 10:30am. Bubbles and candles will be provided.
For more information, contact Jennifer at Kingaroy Hospital on (07) 4162-9315.