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Kilmore Public Cemetery remembers passed babies

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Kilmore Public Cemetery Trust will place a floral display in the cemetery’s gazebo to remember babies who passed away too soon on October 15.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is an international day for families and the community to pay their respects to babies who died during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

In 2021, October 15 was officially recognised in Australia, thanks to the efforts of Nicole Ballinger, who worked with NSW members of parliament, and Kate De’Laney who campaigned for recognition in Western Australia to honour the loss of babies.

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The motion to recognise a national day was moved by a group of senators led by Kristina Keneally, who lost her daughter in 1999.

Kilmore Public Cemetery Trust chairwoman Madeleine Laming said she was honoured to display the flowers, as the memorial reflected Kilmore’s lost babies from the past 50 years.

“There are an awful lot of babies and children who died young in our cemetery … we thought we should do a memorial to all of the children,” she said.

“It’s simply [because] we are the cemetery trust. We are responsible for the care and maintenance of the public cemetery in Kilmore.” 

The memorial will be at Kilmore Public Cemetery, Kilmore-Lancefield Road, from about 8:30am onwards.

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