When you must say goodbye to your baby at birth
Angel babies see heaven before they have a chance to open their eyes to the world. Parents suffer a tragic loss when a pregnancy ends too soon.
At this difficult time, we are there to help as best we can and take care of all the necessary steps. Each angel baby can be buried according to your individual needs.
A funeral ceremony for your angel baby
Our laws distinguish between angel babies of less or more than 500g birth weight.
In all federal provinces except Carinthia, Tyrol and Upper Austria, a funeral must be conducted for angel babies under 500g (miscarriages). But these infants have the right to be buried in every province; that is to say, every child may have a funeral if the parents wish it.
In Vienna, angel babies under 500g are cremated and interred by the City of Vienna each quarter in a common grave in the Vienna Central Cemetery. Of course, the relatives may also conduct an individual funeral and burial at their own expense. No certificate is required, but for several years now it has been possible to request a death certificate for an angel baby according to Section 57a.
Angel babies over 500g (stillbirths) must be buried. They will be entered in the registry of deaths and a death certificate will be issued according to Section 57. In Vienna, if the parents of an angel baby do not meet their obligation to provide a funeral, the angel baby will be placed in a collective grave in the Vienna Central Cemetery by the City of Vienna (MA 15, the Public Health Services). The grave will be provided by the City of Vienna for a period of ten years.
More information on angel babies can be found in brochures from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Women and Youth.