The King Edward Memorial Hospital Rose Garden

The KEMH Memorial Garden (the Garden), situated on the corner of Barker and Railway Roads in Subiaco, is a unique venue, founded in recognition of the impact of reproductive, pregnancy and baby loss. It provides a repository for babies’ ashes that previously were not retained, plus a place of recognition and acknowledgement for women and their families experiencing pregnancy or baby loss.

Each month, the KEMH Pastoral Care Service holds an internment of ashes service at the Garden that all families who have experienced a recent loss are welcome to attend. As part of the KEMH’s state-wide services, bereaved parents from any part of the State may have access to this service, which transcends all cultures, religious and spiritual beliefs.

The first ashes were interred in January 1989 in a small area that formed the original Garden. Through the ongoing support of the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay the area of the Garden was extended to its current size and more than 38,000 ashes have been placed.

In response to numerous requests and concerns by bereaved parents for shade, shelter, seating and other amenities, there is an urgent need for a sympathetic refurbishment and expansion to upgrade the Garden to become a significant place for reflection, reconnection, memory and healing.

This Garden is sacred to many WA families, and funds are needed for the upgrade and expansion of the Garden as befitting a Place of Remembrance. The Garden will remain even after the hospital is relocated. By participating in the Pioneer Challenge and getting friends to donate, you will help us make this new Rose Garden a reality