Victoria announces new memorial certificate to commemorate early losses

Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, working with Sands, have produced a special memorial certificate by which Victorian parents can remember their babies lost before 20 weeks gestation. Read more

Reframing Pregnancy Loss

Our CEO Jackie Mead joined Dr Bronwyn Leigh and 'Misunderstandings of Miscarriage' documentary-maker Tahyna McManus on ABC Radio's Sunday Extra program recently. Read more

Scenes from our 2020 Walks to Remember

Despite the challenges of 2020, this year's Walks to Remember across Australia once again brought families together (although in some new ways!) to honour and remember their babies and find support in their grieving journeys. Read more

Baby Kiera only lived five hours, but her legacy will last 'forever'

This Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day Victoria and Danny share their story to help highlight how many families' grief has been impacted by COVID-19. Read more

KEMH Memorial Service

Sands' families are warmly invited to attend the Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day Service in the King Edward Memorial Hospital Memorial Garden (WA). Read more

QLD Assistant Minister for Health visits Sands staff & volunteers in Brisbane

Sands staff and volunteers in Brisbane were pleased to host a recent meeting at Sands House with the Queensland Assistant Minister for Health, Ms Nikki Boyd. Read more

Parents needed for study about care options & decision-making following stillbirth or newborn death

Researchers at the Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth are designing a resource to aid decision making after stillbirth and newborn death, and are seeking the perspectives of parents to assist in the design of this resource. Read more

New volunteer parent supporters needed!

We're looking for new volunteers to facilitate support groups around Australia. Could you be our newest facilitator? Read more

Sands Response to the Draft Stillbirth National Action Plan

Our response to the draft Stillbirth National Action Plan includes a number of measures to ensure the plan improves bereavement care across the country. Find out more. Read more

The impact of social isolation this Mother's Day

If you're grieving the loss of a baby, Mother’s Day can be a painful date on the calendar. During this time of COVID-19, the extra isolation of being separated from family, friends and wider support networks may feel very tough. Read more

Sands Awareness Bracelet

We're delighted to let you know that we've partnered with Francesca Collections to produce a special Sands awareness bracelet in time for Mother's Day 💐 Read more

Callout to past volunteers

As part of our contingency planning for the COVID-19 pandemic, Sands are interested in hearing from previous volunteer parent supporters who may be able to assist us at this time. Read more

Changes to funerals as a result of COVID-19

The Federal Government recently announced limits on public gatherings to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. These restrictions apply to funerals and unfortunately may affect the way bereaved parents plan and conduct a ceremony for their baby who has died. Read more

How Sands has prepared for COVID-19

Some of you reading this newsletter will already be experiencing significant impacts from this pandemic. We are thinking about you all and hoping for a quick return to normality. We've made some changes to help Sands through this challenging period, but we need your support. Read more

Sands and Red Nose Update

As the days go on right now, the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and organisations is continuing to grow. We update you on what this means for Sands and Red Nose right now. Read more

Suspension of face-to-face support groups

With the spread of the Covid-19 virus and our commitment to prioritising the safety of all bereaved parents, volunteers and staff within the Sands community, Sands has made the decision to suspend all of our face-to-face groups until further notice, commencing today, Wednesday, 18th March. Read more

Take your Say Their Name party preparations to the next level with Thermomix

As Sands families prepare to bake up a storm for the Say Their Name special gatherings they're holding in memory of their babies, we're giving you the opportunity to win a Thermomix - taking your party preparations to the next level! Read more

Remembering Betty Birch

The members of the Sands Older Loss Group are sad to share the news that our long-term friend Betty Birch has passed away aged 96. Read more

Join us on 25 March for Say Their Name Day

On 25 March in celebration of Say Their Name Day's first birthday, we invite you to host a gathering in honour of a baby you know and love to help Sands support more bereaved parents. Read more

Sands and Red Nose

Recently the boards of Sands and Red Nose resolved to bring our organisations together. Read more

Sands welcomes new leave provisions for stillbirth and newborn death

Sands welcome the federal government’s announcement that parents dealing with stillbirths and infant deaths will soon have access to 12 months unpaid parental leave under legislation flagged for later this year. Read more

Recruiting volunteer support group facilitators in Victoria

We're currently looking for volunteers to train as peer support group facilitators in Bendigo and several Melbourne locations. Read more

Hospital to Home Update

We're thrilled to announce that the contracts have finally been signed to kick-start our pilot Hospital to Home program in 2020. Read more