Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month

Our Wish for PAIL Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Awareness Month, with the 15th being the official day. A day to recognise, acknowledge and honour the estimated one in four pregnancies that end in miscarriage in Australia each year, and approximately 3,000 babies stillborn or die in the first 28 days after birth.

The Sands vision is that all bereaved parents across Queensland have the opportunity to access support services and care they need at the time of the death of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death or medical termination. You can help by joining with us to raise awareness and create conversations. Let other bereaved parents know they are not alone and help them find a place of support.

Go Pink and Blue

Add the ‘Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness’ frame by Sands Queensland to your profile picture on Facebook.

Share the PAIL Awareness Ribbon

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month

Light Up the Night

Invite family and friends to join the Wave of Light, 7pm, 15th October.

Wave of Light with Sands Queensland



Change your profile picture or share one of our ‘Wish’ images and invite your family and friends to do so too.








More images are available at our Facebook page for grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Together our community can let others know they are not alone. Together we can let them know where to find empathy, understanding and support.

In loving memory of Harvey George Golesworthy

Goodbye Our Perfect Baby Boy

Guest post by Kirby Golesworthy

When we fell pregnant with Harvey we were excited to expand our family and give our son Harrison the little brother or sister we so desperately wanted, creating a lifetime of memories with our family of four.

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Mother’s Day For The Bereaved Mother

Guest post by Tina Thurtel, Sands Queensland Committee President

My first Mother’s Day was brutal after my baby, Willow, died. My partner was thoughtful enough to include Willow’s name on my card. It was bittersweet. I felt like crying all day. Mother’s Day was no longer a happy day for me, it was a harsh reminder of all that I had lost. I couldn’t see that it was ever going to get any better.

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Family volunteering for Sands Queensland in memory of their baby

2017-18 Sands Queensland Management Committee

The Sands Queensland Management Committee is comprised of volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to help steer Sands in it’s mission to promote and facilitate quality support and care systems for the parents and families of babies who have died during pregnancy, at birth or soon after.

We welcome and thank you to the new Committee for 2018 and we look forward to a productive year.Read More »

A Life Promised

Guest post by Leisa Andersen

I used to feel that my grief and how I dealt with it wasn’t validated, was too ‘over the top’. I mean we were only 15 weeks. He wasn’t a ‘real’ baby, a legal baby. Small enough to hold him in the palm of a hand, but we could still count 10 little fingers and 10 little toes. I’ve since come to realise it doesn’t matter. 15 weeks or 40 weeks, the outcome is the same…they’re gone.Read More »