2016 Children's Christmas Remembrance Service at Springvale Botanical Cemetery

The Children’s Christmas Remembrance Service was held at Springvale Botanical Cemetery on Sunday 4 December 2016. Thank you to all who attended this very special dusk service.

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On Sunday 4 December, over 100 families from across Melbourne gathered at dusk to participate in a special Christmas service to remember children.

For many families who have lost a child, Christmas can be a very difficult time. The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) was honoured to see families present who have attended the service year on year.

The non-denominational service began with a moving speech by Jane Grover, CEO of SMCT. Celebrant Sally Cant conducted the service and the Christmas carols were led by the Bayside Singers.

It was an honour to welcome the Premier of Victoria and Member for Mulgrave, the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP, on the night in support of our communities.

We also welcomed Mariam Issa, a community leader who is working with SMCT to develop the inaugural Community Garden here at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

At the conclusion of the service, a special Christmas tree bearing remembrance messages twinkled with lights and many of the attending families took the opportunity to plant the first seedlings to start the community garden.