On Sunday 1 December we were privileged to host our annual Children’s Christmas Remembrance Service in partnership with Allison Monk House Funerals. We welcomed over 500 members of our community for this special service as family and friends honoured and reflected on the precious lives of children no longer with us. The name of each child being remembered was read aloud and family members were invited to light their lantern in remembrance and hang personal notes of thoughts and wishes on the Christmas tree.
The service included Christmas carols led by Imogen Spendlove as well as the recalling of the star; This ‘Eternal Light’ Star is a symbol of love, of care and hope. It represents our eternal relationships; that give us joy and comfort. Named in honour of the babies and children we remember during our Christmas Remembrance service and every day in-between; this Star will be constant and eternal - in the night sky today, tomorrow, and many years and future generations to come.
Following the service, guests were warmly welcomed to join together for a delicious array of refreshments provided by Café Vita et flores.
We are honoured to deliver this beautiful annual service to our community who have experienced what is possibly the saddest loss, that of a child.
For those who may not be aware, we have designed a very special place called the Centre for Care & Wellbeing. This is a safe place where grieving individuals can connect, share their common bond and support each other compassionately. Whether you’re grieving the loss of a child, a family member or a friend, we encourage you to visit us at the Centre for Care & Wellbeing. You can also contact us on (03) 8772 6111.