Night of Remembrance for Children Lost

One of Melbourne’s most emotion-charged annual memorial events – the Children’s Christmas Remembrance Service at Springvale Botanical Cemetery – was held on Sunday 7 December 2014.

More than 300 people attended the free Sunday evening service.

“We hold this special service to mark the tragic passing of young lives and to give the families and friends of the deceased an opportunity to remember in the lead-up to Christmas. This is the tenth year we have held the event,” the Chief Operations Officer and acting SMCT CEO, Ms Jane Grover said.

“Many of the people who attend our annual service come back year after year and they draw great comfort from the occasion. Some of the attendees connect with people they have never met before but with whom they share the sorrow of losing a child.”

This years’ service was co-sponsored by Allison Monkhouse funeral directors.

Families attending the event were invited to hold candle light lanterns and place messages of love on the giant Christmas tree. Traditional Christmas carols were sung at the service including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Silent Night’. Following the service, light refreshments were provided.

The following poem was read aloud at the service by Trust Member Cr Felicity Frederico.

"Christmas in Heaven" by Wanda Bencke

I see the countless Christmas Trees around the world below
With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars, reflecting everywhere
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away the tear,
For I am spending Christmas, in heaven this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring
For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart
But I am not so far away, we really aren’t apart
So be happy for me loved ones, you know I hold you dear
Be glad that I am spending Christmas, in heaven this year.

I send you each a special gift from my heavenly home above
I send you each a memory of my undying love.
Please love and keep each other and wipe away that tear
You know that I am spending Christmas, in heaven this year.

Children's Christmas Remembrance Service

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