Baby Loss Awareness Week

baby_loss_awareness_week9th – 15th October

International Baby Loss Awareness Week provides the opportunity for parents and families 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 New Zealand. The aims for the week are:

  • To promote 15th October as National Baby Loss Awareness Day
  • To promote the Annual Global Wave of Light and other events or services where parents can publicly acknowledge their babies.
  • To raise awareness and increase understanding of the impact of baby loss amongst the wider community.
  • To invite all Sands parents, families and friends to our Annual Remembrance Day and other events. See event details below.

Important – the following events are subject to the COVID-19 alert levels in place at that time. Please follow our Facebook Page for updates and to confirm the event status –

Annual Remembrance Day

All bereaved parents, family and friends are invited to attend our Annual Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th October 2020. Our family friendly event is an opportunity to meet with other bereaved parents and family members, to honour our babies, tie a ribbon on our remembrance heart, decorate and fly a kite, share some kai and be together on this special day.

As a special way of remembering our babies, this year we will have some beautifully painted rocks for parents to choose and add their baby’s name to. We also still have some kites available for families to decorate and personalise in memory of their baby.

Hopefully the weather will be kind and help our kites fly, however, if not, this is still a great opportunity to meet other bereaved families, and the kites can be taken home to enjoy on another day.

Our 14th Annual Remembrance Day in 2019 was another beautiful day with many people attending, including parents, grandparents, siblings and other friends and family members of babies who have died. This has become a very special day in the Sands calendar and one we would like to share with you again this year. Children welcome.

Date: Sunday 11th October 2020
Time: Open from 1:30pm
Venue: Please RSVP for confirmed venue details and to provide attendance numbers. RSVP is mandatory to ensure we comply with COVID-19 requirements.

We kindly ask for a small $2 donation for the sausage sizzle and refreshments; with all funds and donations going to Sands Auckland.

If you are interested in coming along please email us to RSVP with attendance numbers so we can comply with COVID-19 requirements for managing numbers and having contact details.


Please note this event will go ahead no matter the weather. Rain or shine we’ll gather together and remember our babies. Our venue has plenty of indoor space and some outdoor cover, so there will be shelter.

COVID-19 Precautions: We will take added precautions in order to maintain safety and hygiene. These will include requiring all attendees to RSVP (so we can be assured of numbers and have contact details); maintaining a contact tracing register; providing hand sanitiser; and advising guests of social distancing requirements pertaining to the current alert level at the time.

Annual Global Wave of Light Service

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is recognised across the world and you are invited to join with other families and take part in the Global Wave of Light from home. This involves lighting a candle at 7pm to burn for 1 hour in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

Sands NZ have organised an online Wave of Light service. This will be live streamed on October 15th from 6:40pm so families across the country can participate from home. The hosts will also light a candle for your baby during the service if you DM Sands NZ on Facebook with you baby’s name by October 13th. The livestream link will be posted on the Sands NZ Facebook page.

Our traditional service at Auckland Hospital –
In conjunction with Auckland Hospital and Reverend Mele Tavelia we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Wave of Light Service that is traditionally held at Auckland Hospital in the chapel. This has not been an easy decision, but the following reasons have dictated the need to cancel: uncertainty of alert levels; the priority to safety; restrictions to visitors at the hospital; and the need to protect vulnerable people in hospital. We understand this may be disappointing as we realise the importance of this date and event to honour our babies, but we have a duty of care to keep everyone safe so we hope you understand.