Baby Loss Awareness Week

9 to 15 October



Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from 9th to 15th October every year, ending with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day on October 15th. It provides an opportunity for parents, families and whanau around New Zealand to come together and remember the lives of their babies who have died. We acknowledge the lives and deaths of all babies, no matter what their gestation, length of life or how they died. It is also a chance to highlight the work done by Sands around the country.

 

2018 Events and Activities...



For full details of any of the events below or for latest information for your area please refer to our BLAW Facebook event page here


Sands Northland/Whangarei

 

Baby Loss Memorial Service

Date: Sunday 14 October 2018
Time: 2pm
Venue: Baby Memorial, Maunu Cemerty, Whangarei (1st Entrance)
 

Please see our website for more information on the wave of light.


Sands Auckland

 

Annual Remembrance Day

Date: Sunday 14 October 2018
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Herne Bay Petanque Club
 

We invite all bereaved families to join us on this special day to remember our babies together.

Wave of Light Service

Date: Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 6.45pm
Venue: Auckland Hospital Chapel, Level 6 Auckland Hospital
 

If wet it will be held in the chapel on the roadside. Families welcome.


Sands Bay of Plenty

 
Memorial Service and Sending Bubbles to our babies

Everyone was warmly welcomed to join in a special service to remember the babies we hold in our hearts; no matter what the gestation, length of life, or how they died.



Date: Sunday 14 October 2018
Time: 2pm
Venue:  Jones & Co funeral services, 13th Ave, Tauranga
 


Sands Waikato

Memorial Service & Walk

Please bring a painted rock to hide in honour of your baby

Date: Saturday 14 October 2018
Time: 2pm
Venue: Roman Ruins, Taitua Arboretum, Taitua Road, Temple View, Hamilton

More information can be found on our Facebook page Sands Waikato or call 027 313 4558



 

Sands Rotorua

Wave of Light Ceremony

Monday 15 October 2018
6:30 pm
Rotorua Crematorium
Baby Memorial Wall, 160 Sala Street

Rotorua Sands welcomes whanau and friends to come and celebrate and remember the lives of our little ones who have passed on.

You are welcome to bring your own candle. Some will be provided.

 

Taupo

Remembering our Babies

Monday 15 October 2018
6:45 pm
The Lounge, St Andrews Anglican Church
Titiraupenga Street, Taupö

This service is being held by Sands Taupo as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week. Candles will be lit at 7pm joining families from around the world to create a global wave of light.

All welcome.

 

Taranaki

 

Sands New Plymouth/Taranaki

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 8 PM
Venue: Fitzroy Bowling Club, New Plymouth
 

We invite all bereaved families to join us on this special day to remember our babies together.

Everyone is warmly welcome to join in a special memorial service to remember the babies we hold close in our hearts no matter what their gestation, length of life or how they passed.

FROM 5.30pm we have other activities planned... keep reading....
This FREE event is for the whole family. We have food, crafts, reflection and more food planned for this beautiful global remembrance event.
5.30-6.30pm - Flowing BBQ. Dinner is sorted, sausages, bread etc supplied.
5.30-6.40pm - Rock Painting. Decorate a rock (or more) in memory of your precious baby/babies, brother/sister, niece/nephew, grandchild/en. All crafts will be supplied. Great activity for all ages.
6.40pm - prep for Wave Of Light
7pm - Wave Of light
Candles will be provided but if you have a special one of your own please bring it along. You may also like to bring along photo/s of your baby, or other special mementos to share with others. We will have beautiful luminary jars (with candles) for you to put on the bridge (weather permitting).
After the 'Wave Of Light' the floor will be open for anyone who would like to say a few words or to share a favourite poem.
Followed by supper and a cuppa
Feel free to come and go at anytime that suits you and your family - we would love to see you.




Sands Manawatu-Horowhenua


Wave of Light Service

Date: Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: The Square, Palmerston North

Please join us for our annual Lantern Release in honour of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day which concludes Baby Loss Awareness week.

Our candle will be lit at 7pm to join in the Global Wave of Light which starts in New Zealand and the Lantern release will happen around 7.45pm as evening falls.

As with previous years we will have an area set up to decorate your lanterns if you wish. Lanterns are limited so please register that you would like one. (there is a post for this)

 



Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley

Global Wave of Light 2018

Baby Loss Awareness Week finishes each year on October 15 with the global 'Wave of Light'. ...

Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global 'Wave of Light' in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

We are meeting on Petone Foreshore from 6.45 for a 7pm candle lighting.

If you have a poem you would like to share, please send us a message directly so we can work it into our schedule.

We are also happy to read poems on behalf of you.

You are welcome to bring photos of your babies and children you are remembering


Date: Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 6.45-7.30pm
Venue: Petone Esplanade (on Eastborne side of Settlers Museum)

Please bring a candle (ideally in a jar).


Nelson/Tasman

Baby/Child Loss Memorial Evening

Come join us to remember our little ones. Bring a kite to fly (if you want) a picnic and a candle/torch. Starts at 7. At 8pm turn on torches /light candles for 2min silence/reflection/Karakia.

Friday October 12th
7pm
Tahunanui Beach · Tahunanui

 

Sands Marlborough

Service of Remembrance

You are all invited to attend a Remembrance Service held in The Sowman Lounge, 14 Hutcheson Street, Blenheim at 6:30pm on Monday the 15th of October 2018. You may wish to bring a photo, poem or something in memory of your baby/babies to share in the service. Balloon release and light refreshments will follow.

 

Sands Canterbury

Sands Canterbury Wave of Light

All welcome to come and remember your babies; no matter what the gestation, length of life, or how they died.

Date: 15th October 2018
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Band Rotunda, Botanic Gardens.
Please bring cut flowers to drop into the river. This will be held regardless of the weather.



 

Sands Hokotika/Greymouth

Baby Loss Memorial Service

Join us for a picnic from 12 midday. Memorial Service to follow at 1pm.

Date: 13th October 2018
Time: 12pm
Venue: Dixon Park, Greymouth
All welcome



 

Sands Dunedin

 

Dunedin Babyloss Service

Date: Sunday 14 October 2018
Time: 2.03pm
Venue: In the baby garden, Andersons Bay Cemetery