On October 15th, parents, friends and grandparents will create a wave of light to honour and remember the lives of little lives lost.

Andre Carvalho, CEO of Sands Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that offers support and guidance for bereaved parents who have experience the loss of a baby, says International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day where parents can come together to support one another.

“This day is a very important one for the many Australian families who have experienced the grief caused by the death of a baby,” he says.

“It’s a day for reflection and remembrance, and it’s also a time to help raise awareness among the greater community.”

Each year, Sands organises a number of memorial events across Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, led by Volunteer Parent Supporters based in each State.

“This year, to coincide with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, we will be hosting walks in in various locations in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, as well as candle lighting ceremonies and memorial services in both Western and South Australia,” he says.

“We urge families, friends and members of the community to get involved. Join us for a walk or light a candle to show your support.”

To learn more about Sands Walks and Memorial Events, visit the Sands website.

Anyone affected by the death of a baby can ring the 24/7 Sands support line 1300 072 637 and talk to a Volunteer Parent Supporter or visit www.sands.org.au