The Festive Season can be a challenging and overwhelming time if you are grieving the loss of a child. The Children’s Remembrance Christmas Tree is a sacred space, created specifically for families who have lost a child.
Date: Wednesday 1 December – Friday 31 December
Springvale Botanical Cemetery open hours: 6am – 8pm
Ornament pick up time: 9am – 4:30pm, Monday 13 December - Friday 17 December
Ornament pick up location: Customer Care Desk
Children’s Remembrance Christmas Tree location: A J A Gardner Lawn - view map
In lieu of this years service, a Remembrance Christmas Tree will be placed in the Children's area at Springvale Botanical Cemetery for the full month of December (1st – 31st) and families are invited to come on-site in a time that suits them to place a personalised ornament on this special tree.
Ornaments are available to all invited families (one per family) and can be ordered here by filling out the order form. Families will be able to personalise the remembrance ornaments with:
- A first name (or nickname)
- Colour choice
- Pickup location
While we encourage interaction in placing your ornament on the tree, this is a space for reflection and remembrance and others ornaments should be respected.
Orders can be placed up until midnight Sunday 5 December. Once you've placed your order you will receive a confirmation email and will notify you to collect your ornament from Monday 13 December. Any ornaments that have not been collected by 17 December will be placed on the tree on your behalf for you to view.
To be part of the full memorial experience, we encourage you to leave your ornaments over the month of December for viewing and reflection. All ornaments will be collected for safe keeping at the end of the month.
We want to ensure that our offerings supporting the community are always improving and relevant. Please share your thoughts on our Children’s Remembrance Christmas Tree in our feedback survey here.
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