#Say Their Name Day 2019

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“Say Their Names on 25 March”

On 25 March 2019, Sands invited the community to support the first national ‘Say Their Name Day’, a national day of recognition, remembrance

and connection intended to help reduce the stigma of pregnancy and infant loss by reinforcing the idea that every baby matters and deserves to

be celebrated.

The concept for ‘Say Their Name Day’ came about in response to feedback Sands received from bereaved parents as part of a survey undertaken

in the lead up to the National Round Table into stillbirth research and education early in 2019.

The response to our first ‘Say Their Name Day’ was unprecedented and will continue to grow this day into one of national awareness, that will

encourage more people to talk openly about miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. We thought we knew how much it would mean to our

bereaved families to have a national day dedicated to celebrating their babies' lives, however, we could not have anticipated the far-reaching impact 

#saytheirname day would have in the wider community in this, it's inaugural year. We were honoured, and at times overwhelmed, by the outpouring

of love, pride, courage, and acceptance shown by, and towards, families who've experienced the heartache of pregnancy and infant loss. For this we

thank you. This year we said the names of thousands of babies. We can't hope to capture them all, but name by name we're helping to break the stigma

that prevents families from seeking support, finding healing and most of all, having hope.

 

Watch out for news on how to get involved in 2020.

 

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Media

ABC Online - Parents open up about heartbreak of stillbirth as Say Their Name Day seeks to raise awareness

ABC Radio - Stillbirths - how do I talk to families and parents who have lost a baby?

Kidspot - 'The day our world came crashing down'

Essential Baby - 'I didn't want to give up': Courtney Cox opens up about miscarriages

Essential Baby - Why grieving parents are asking you to say their baby's name