Annual Remembrance Ceremony
Remembering and honouring the life of a child who has died is an important part of grieving. Each year Children’s Health Queensland holds a Remembrance Ceremony where bereaved family members are invited to come together in memoriam.
The Remembrance Ceremony is held in October or November each year in Brisbane and invitations are forwarded to families in September. If you or your family would like to receive an invitation to attend the Annual Remembrance Ceremony, please email CHQ_RC@health.qld.gov.au
Each year the program includes family members sharing their experience of their child dying and their bereavement. The ceremony also includes a candle-lighting ceremony, choral music, and a slide-show honoring each child who is being remembered. A light lunch is served following the event and family members are encouraged to meet and connect with others in the community of bereaved families.
The Remembrance Ceremony is held at The Foundation Room, Somerville House.
We encourage the whole family to attend the Remembrance Ceremony and all children are most welcome. Child care is available for infants and children.
We recognize that a community grieves along your family and you are welcome to bring other family members and friends to attend alongside you.
Free car parking is available on-site at Somerville House. Way finders will help you with directions on the day.
We acknowledge that for many families it may be difficult to attend the Remembrance Ceremony due to distance, other commitments, or simply because it is emotionally too hard. We invite all families to provide a photo of their child which will be included in the slide-show. Please be assured your child and your family will be honored on the day.
We recognize the emotional impact of returning to the hospital precinct and joining with other bereaved families. Some family members can take years to feel it is the right time to join in the Remembrance Ceremony and this is okay.
We warmly welcome phone or email contact to support you in your decision to attend the Remembrance Ceremony.
For Remembrance Ceremony information and enquiries
Bereavement Services, Children’s Health Queensland
t 1800 080 316 (toll free)