Shared from the 4/23/2019 Southern Courier eEdition

Paying tribute to lost babies like Lily Grace

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wife Jenny Morrison with Filomena D’Alessandro and Detective Sergeant Bill Green at a memorial service for baby Lily Grace at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.

THE short life of a newborn baby found buried in the sand at South Maroubra Beach will be honoured at a special ceremony next week.

The service will mark almost five years since baby Lily Grace was found by nippers in a shallow grave at the beach in 2014. The incident sent shockwaves through the community and spurred two residents, Filomena D’Alessandro and her husband Detective Sergeant Bill Green, to unofficially “adopt” and name the child

— who remains unidentified.

The service, to be held on Monday, April 29 — the fouryear anniversary Lily Grace was laid to rest, is a way of remembering all of the nation’s unknown babies. Between 2007 and 2010 there were eight children found dead in public places.

“It is always a very moving ceremony (and) it’s also an opportunity for us all to reflect on some of the most vulnerable people in our community — parents who are struggling to cope,” said Carolyn Dowe, senior manager of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries. “Had she lived, Lily Grace may have been starting kindergarten this year. It’s a sorrowful milestone.”

Speakers at the memorial include former Children’s Guardian and Children’s Commissioner Kerryn Boland. It will be held at 6pm on April 29 at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Matraville.

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