Very Special Kids Remembrance Day was held on Sunday 29 October.
The annual day enables families, volunteers and staff to come together to remember all the special children who have died.
For many families, Remembrance Day is an opportunity to honour and remember their child in a supported space with others who can understand some of their journey.
The Rainbow themed service was held in the beautiful Malvern Town Hall and concluded with a closing ritual and afternoon tea on the grounds at Very Special Kids.
Over 160 family members, along with 60 staff and volunteers were present on the day to remember children that died.
Beautiful words were shared through song, poems, and reflections by parents, siblings and guests, along with a slideshow of photos and candle lighting with rainbow coloured sand.
Families were then given the opportunity to leave rainbow coloured messages to their children in the tree’s at Very Special Kids along with the raising of a special banner which said ‘we love you, we miss you and you are always remembered’.
Afternoon tea on the front lawn provided an opportunity to refuel and connect with others in the warm sunshine. Families were then able to take home the special gift of a rainbow windmill to honour their child.
Thank you to everyone who attended and to Whirly Brighton, The Demon Army, Coloured Sand Australia, Malvern Police, Stonnington Council and all the wonderful volunteers for their support of such an important day.
As spoken on the day…
“It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of any storm.
When a rainbow appears it does not mean that the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath.
It means that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds.
Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of colour, energy and hope.”