This year, Walks to Remember will take place in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, with the addition of candlelight remembrance ceremonies in some locations and an online Wave of Light.

“Our Walks to Remember are special annual events around Australia that bring bereaved parents together with their families and friends to commemorate their babies who’ve died, to share their experiences openly and to support each other,” said Ms Mead.

“Each of our local events has its own identity and history and is led by a group of Sands volunteer parent supporters. The walks attract so many local families each year and are just one of the ways Sands uses its model of peer support to companion parents on such a difficult road.”

“When you connect with a Sands’ volunteer parent supporter, whether at a local event, on our national support line, by email or live chat, you can be sure you’ll be heard and understood. Each of our volunteers is themselves a bereaved parent who brings the unique attributes of personal experience, empathy, and hope to those who perhaps can’t see a way forward after loss.”