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 honouring each child who is being remembered. In 2020 the event will be held virtually and will still include the previously mentioned elements.
We acknowledge that for many families it may be difficult to join in the Remembrance Ceremony due to 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 honoured on the day.
We recognize the emotional impact of joining with other bereaved families in a virtual forum. Some family members can take years to feel it is the right time to join in the Remembrance Ceremony and this is okay.