Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day to see landmarks lit

City of Perth's Council House.
City of Perth's Council House.

PERTH landmarks will light up on Saturday in support of anyone affected by the loss of a baby or child.

The tribute to mark the first Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day will culminate in a memorial picnic and service hosted by Red Nose Grief and Loss (formerly SIDS and Kids) and Sands WA in the Council House Gardens at St Georges Terrace.

The BYO picnic will start at 4.30pm with lawn games, live music and a magic show followed by the memorial service and lighting ceremony at 6pm with electric candles provided.

Notre Dame University in Fremantle, together with Elizabeth Quay, the Perth Bell Tower, Council House in Perth, Hay Street’s Equus Building and the State Administrative Tribunal Building will colour the night dressed in pink and blue.

Red Nose Grief and Loss fundraising co-ordinator Rikki Stewart said the service would reflect on the little lives lost.

“Families around the world will light a candle at 7pm to create a wave of light that will circle the globe in remembrance of all the lives lost both during and after pregnancy,” Ms Stewart said.

The renamed group provides professional bereavement services to anyone who has experienced the death of a baby or child, also supporting research into stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome and safe sleeping practices.

Kalamunda couple Wayne and Janina Faulkner relaunched the Sands WA community organisation several years ago to provide around the clock support to bereaved couples.

Red Nose Grief and Loss

24-hr helpline: 1300 308 307

Sands WA

24-hr helpline: 1300 072 637