Wave of Light 2019 - 15 Oct 6pm Allambe Memorial Park, Nerang Gold Coast

The Grief Practitioner, along with Allambe Memorial Park, wish to warmly invite you all to the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Service for 2019, here on the Gold Coast.

Please bring along your families, extended family and friends - all are very welcome, as we all grieve and are touched when pregnancy and infant loss occurs. 

Don't forget to bring along your special companions - your Bears, photos, candles and other treasures.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, perhaps this is the first time you are ready to come to this annual event? Please drop me a line. I will be there to meet you and share this evening together, along with members of The CHERISH Gatherings Support Group.

Click here for our Facebook Event Page, where we will post all the updates and information over the coming month.


6th Annual International Bereaved Mother's Day High TEA - Gold Coast

You are warmly invited to share this very special and significant day with us:



Please find the link this year's Facebook Event Page

 Where all updates and information will be posted.


Annual CHERISH Bereaved Parent's Support Group Community Experience - What Women Want Workshop 2019


International Bereaved Mother's Day - First Sunday in May Each Year



"Mother’s Day was created in honour of a bereaved mother. It’s time to take our day back to its roots. For us to educate the rest of society on the true meaning of Mother’s Day, we must use our voices. We become mothers the very moment that we open our hearts to the idea of conceiving a child. Let us remind people of this truth.

The first Sunday im May every year, get together with your closest friends and family and celebrate your beautiful Mother Heart. Celebrate your babies and children. Lets speak about the true meaning of Mother’s Day. Let us start some healing conversations."   Perfect words from Carly Marie

Whether you are in Victoria or Brisbane, please diary this day and keep a watch out for up and coming information on events in your area, that will provide, opportunity, connection and aknowledgement, in a safe and nurturing envorinment.

Please consider joining us at the 7th Annual International Bereaved Mother's Day High Tea - 3rd May 2020

Kind wishes

Karen - Lamplighter x







In May 2020, this will be the 7th year that this event has been offered to the bereaved community in Queensland and excitedly is being hosted again by yours truly! 


A huge thank you to all those Ladies that came along and made this event for 2019 so special.

Who is excited and ready to mark down in the diary for next year?

I truly hope you all had a very special Sunday and I am so humbled to be a part of this amazing club that no one wishes to belong to - thank you each and every one of you!

Please be encouraged to go out and have conversations with family, friends and perhaps even other member of the club about what it was like for you to be part of the IMBD High Tea this year. Raising awareness and opportunity for people to decide about the supports that they may like to connect in with, I am passionate about. 

I am so looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday 3rd  May 2020.

Tickets will go on Sale March next year - Keep a look out.

 Over the coming months please do feel free to email me with any suggestions on how we can make next year's event more special for you or if there is an event/workshop/seminar that you felt as a member of the bereaved community, you would like to see being offered by the Grief Practitioner. I would love to hear from you.

Karen J - The Grief Practitioner GC

 Offical Pictures of the High Tea, with much thanks to Michelle our volunteer photographer 2019





Supporting the Grieving on the Gold Coast - The Grief Practitioner Gold Coast



I have never known pain like this before. It overwhelms me.  As I adapt, change and grow, I am entitled to be proud of my progress.  As my grief changes, I reflect on where I have been and where I am going. I do this best in the company of others."  - Alan Wolfelt MD.

 We wish to warmly invite the grieving parents of the Gold Coast and beyond, to consider the opportunity to share and connect with other grieving parents in a safe, non judgemental and welcoming environment.  


Whether you have experienced the end of a Pregnancy, Stillbirth, Interuption in Pregnacy due to Fetal Abnormalities, Neonatal and Sudden and Unexpected Death including SIDS and Fatal Sleeping Accidents  all are very welcome.

The CHERISH Bereaved Parent's Support Gatherings and Events are facilitated by a qualified Grief Practitioner, who is also a bereaved parent and walks in her unique pair of "Ugly Shoes"

(reference to poem).


The CHERISH Tribe meet each month from 6.00pm onwards, at: 142 Billinghurst Crescent, Upper Coomera 4209.

Our next gatherings are below. Please do contact me if you have any questions or wish to make contact regarding attending and the venue - we would love to hear from you.

If you notice you are feeling anxious about attending your first meeting, how nice would it be to drop me a message and we can arrange a coffee date, prior to the next meeting, so I can answer any questions or concerns you may have and that you will know someone at your first gathering. There are many misconceptions out there about bereavement support groups and we are "normal" just greiving.....Our precious time shared together is not only tears, but laughter and joy along the way.  If this sounds like something that you would like to check out and see if it is a fit for your unique journey, the gatherers and I would love to hear from you!

"When you find the ones who resonate with you, something deep inside you eases, just a bit. Something settles down, grounds you."  - Refuge in Grief.



 Dates for the Next CHERISH Bereaved Parent's Support Gatherings:



Next Monday Evening Support:

  30th Oct  6pm Support Gathering




 CHERISH Christmas High Tea  Sat 14  December 2019 TBC



NEW Gathering Offered in March 2019


 We are blessed to offer the bereaved community a new group, for those who are at the crossroads of a new pregnancy after loss, who currently are pregnant after loss and those who are parenting after loss. 

It can be a time of great anxiety and being with others can lessen the stress and sense of isolation a subsquent pregnancy after loss can bring.  We will heal, yet never regain our sense of innoncence and bliss; we have experienced what can happen in the journey of Parenthood. What we can offer is hope fellowship and support in this new pregnancy with a different outcome.

As grief is a process not an illness, when we finally get to take a live baby(s) home, our grief and mourning does not just disappear ... as many may think our wish. We now have the challenging task of finding our unique blend of celebration and mourning. We can do this remembering always and connecting again with life and purpose.... we can have both we don't have to choose!

Remember "grief is just love with nowhere to go."

We would love to journey with your for that while.


 CHERISH Tears and Rainbows - Friday's 10.30am - 12.30pm

142 Billnghurst Crescent Upper Coomera 


Dates for the next Morning Gatherings:

Sept 27th - 10.30am

Nov 29th - 10.30am




 CHERISH Christmas High Tea  Sat 14th December 2019 TBC




2019  Bereaved Community Events

CHERISH Bereaved Parent's Support Group Community Experience 2019 

  May 5 2019 6th Annual Internationa Beraved Mother's Day Event - Gold Coast North

15 October - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Day/Wave of Light - TBA

Christmas 2019 Service TBA


These dates may be subject to change. I  would appreciate RSVPS of number for both morning and evening gatherings - Thank you for your understanding.


Please do make contact with me if you are interested in our gatherings as we post a private event on Facebook each month that you are welcome to be added too.

RSVPS or querries to: 

or 0437 633 737.

We look forward to seeing you sometime soon.



Sponsorship and Donations of Funding Opportunities

The CHERISH Gatherings Support Group is a unique and one of a kind community based support. We do not receive any Community, Government or Fedral funding. It is provided free of charge to all bereaved parents. In 2019 we head into our 7th year of supporting the bereaved here on the Gold Coast and beyond, with some of our ladies traveling from as far as North Brisbane to NSW, to attend and find their place of belonging.

If you would like to make a donation to support this group with, resources, welcome packs, funded outings twice a year for the bereaved parents, coffee, tea etc. We would love to hear from you and create a deeper awarenes of what we do.

If you are a bereaved parent and you would like to support this group no matter where you are located, we offer a beautiful personalised Certificate of Life that you are able to purchased as a treausured keepsake, with all money going to the CHERISH Gatherings Support Group Program. Please email us with your orders or questions, we would love to hear from you. Thank you.


Along with the monthly support meetings your donation and or purchase goes toward facilitating such events not only for the CHERISH Gatherings, however for the wider Pregnancy and Infant bereft community...


  The CHERISH Tribe - 3,  at the 6th Annual International Bereaved Mother's Day 2016 (The first Sunday of May each year).

Come join us for the IBMD High Tea 2020 on Sunday 3rd May.  We would love to see you!


Many thanks to Michelle Aziz Photography for being the Offical Event Photographer for this special day.


CHERISH Christmas Pictures Event with Santa 2019: