The southern hemisphere’s largest children’s memorial garden is set to open in Minchinbury this weekend.
Pinegrove Memorial Park is set to unveil its Hearts of Angels garden, complete with 3D and animal-shaped headstones.
Families also will have the option of using traditional headstones.
Sunday’s opening will coincide with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, held each year on October 15.
Australia’s child mortality rate, the death of a person under the age of five, has fallen sharply in recent years.
There were 991 child and infant deaths in 2015, compared to 1302 in 2005, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
“The loss of a baby or child is an extremely sensitive issue for families and loved ones, so we had to make sure that we got it right to support these families to the best of our ability,” Pinegrove’s family services manager Michael Bridges said.
“We reached out to local community groups and families about what they thought would be the most suitable for the area and their input is reflected in all aspects of the memorial park.”
Mr Bridges said the garden had space for 500 burial plots and 1000 cremation places.
He said the garden’a features would help to explain death in a digestible way for siblings of children who had passed away.
“When a child has lost a sibling, it is often very difficult for them to understand it,” Mr Bridges said.
“By creating a memorial garden that features comforting characters and images that they would identify with, the surviving sibling is able to grieve and digest death at a level that they can understand, especially when they visit the memorial garden.”
Details: 9625 8066 or www.pinegrovecrem.com.au.