Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park unveiled their new Dandelion Girl Sculpture today.
Pink Elephants Support Network were today privileged to be invited to cut the ribbon and officially unveil this beautiful memorial.
The Dandelion girl sculpture and plaque reside in the tranquil and beautiful garden area of the Eastern Suburbs Memorial park called ‘Centenary Park’. From her location the Dandelion girl overlooks several hundreds of babies that have been laid to rest over the decades.
It was a lovely intimate service and we were invited to be a part of the service as what we offer is unique in that we represent early pregnancy loss and miscarriage in particular. This is a definitely a spot that you could visit for quiet contemplation and reflection. A space to grieve, a space to remember, a space to feel at peace. Local Indigenous elder Aunty Barbara opened the ceremony and paid respect to elders past, present and emerging. She spoke of how loss at any stage impacts in the same way and how a sacred space like this will serve many couples within this community. I agreed wholeheartedly.
We don’t all have graves, death certificates or anything formal to represent our lost babies. Not of all of us need this but for those of us that may, I love the space that Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park has created for our community.
Chatting with Graham Boyd (Chief Executive) after the ceremony again reinforced just how many couples experience our type of loss and who are searching for a way of recognising it. There is also a Garden of Angels in Woronora Memorial Park and I look forward to visiting this special place too.
What’s beautiful is that it feels like the tide is turning and there is becoming a deeper understanding of how early pregnancy loss and miscarriage impacts couples. How it stays with us for life and how we’ll always remember our lost ones. Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park have demonstrated this by creating such sacred spaces. What’s also really lovely is that you are able to have a space in their gardens for your lost baby without the need for a death certificate.
I want to say a very big thank you to the team at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park. They thought of everything and even served up some delicious pink laminations for morning tea after the ceremony!
Please let us know if you visit this beautiful place and also enjoy it’s sacred serenity.