Gathering to remember

More than 100 people gathered at the Ballarat New Cemetery in December to remember special children who have died.

During the special Ceremony of Remembrance, representatives from Ballarat’s support services read poems about the loss of a child.

Balloons marked with messages to loved ones were then released into the sky as musicians played a beautiful rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow.’

“It was all very moving” said a bereaved parent supported by Very Special Kids, “you don’t feel so alone when you see so many other families here too.”

Organised by the Ballarat Bereavement Support Network, The Ceremony of Remembrance was presented by Very Special Kids in conjunction with St John of God Hospital, Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat Hospice Care, SANDS, Leukemia Foundation, The Compassionate Friends, Cops’n’Kids, Red Nose and Grief and Loss.

The Ceremony of Remembrance will be held again next year on Monday, December 18 at the Ballarat New Cemetery.