Rainbow Day 2017

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Rainbow Day 

Rainbow Day is a day to encourage children to speak about the death of loved one, to encourage them to speak about their emotions and how they are coping after the death of their loved one.

Children suffer the grieving process at times alone and silently as they watch their parents and family members grieve.

In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison. The idea behind a rainbow is that it gives hope and comfort knowing that the storm has passed and it is a symbol of dreams and joy and happiness.

Children are often left to watch their parents and grandparents grieve and often get forgotten about. Most importantly the roles these children take on in life depend on how they first experience grief and loss.

Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple … the colours of the rainbow.

Colours can play an important role in healing as you go through the grieving process.

Scientists have discovered Colours effect how we think and feel. A sunshiny day puts a spring into our step while a cloudy, gloomy day can make us want to go back to bed!

A rainbow can help the healing process during grief knowing which colours to surround yourself with as to through what stages of grief you are struggling, each colour of the rainbow also represents different emotions.

Rainbow Day is a day that children are able to come together and unite to tell their stories and help support each other and remember their loved ones and a day for parents to stop and think and talk to their child/children about a loved one, sometimes just an acknowledgment is all they need “do you remember this time with ____? What a great memory” it’s OK to be happy sad, it is OK to remember.

Rainbow Day the 6th of November is held on the reserve at Semaphore foreshore. On this day children are encouraged to openly talk about the death of their loved one and discuss their emotions through their stages of grief. Rainbow Day is a day for children to openly share the joy in memory of their loved one. Encouraging all family and friends to share in the joy of all the wonderful memories that we hold... A day where families and friends can remember their loved ones who grew their wings and to know that somewhere over the rainbow they will meet again.

We invite you and your family to join us in honour of your loved one to honour and remember them with your children, share your stories, talk about your emotions and encourage your children to do the same.

The event starts at 10am and runs to 2pm.

There will be lots of activities for young and old including:

- Sausage Sizzle 

- Petting Zoo

- Face Painting

- Stage Shows

- Children Shows

- Photobooth

- Cool 4 Kids

- Magic Shows

Including The Rainbow Markets with many SA small Business's joining us

Face Painter, Sausage Sizzle, Cool 4 Kids Show, Balloon Release, S.A. Street Performers any many more artists

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 20 Australian children will experience the death of a parent before the age of 18. 

Prior to reaching adulthood, many others will face the loss of a grandparent, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, friend or the family pet. 

Whilst some believe that a child cannot truly grieve until they reach adolescence, others such as British developmental psychologist John Bowlby (best known for Attachment Theory) suggest that infants as young as 6 months can experience grief reactions similar to that of adults.