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Service of Remembrance

Service of Remembrance

The Children's Hospital Service of Remembrance has been held every year since 1995. During the service:

  • Family members, providers and staff share personal reflections on their work with the children. 
  • Artists from the Charlottesville area provide the special music.
  • Local clergy offer prayers. 
  • Hospital chaplains read the names of children who have died within the last two years
  • Family members may place a flower on the Remembrance Tree as each child's name is read.

You may also bring mementos (photos, memory books, blankets, drawings, stuffed animals, etc.) to place on Memory Tables. Find out logistics about attending the service.

This Year's Service

The 2016 Service of Remembrance was held May 14. If you would like to be invited to next year's event, contact us.

Grieving a Child
Carnations for the remembrance service

Resources & Remembering

Honoring the memory of a lost child gives us a way to process grief. Along with the annual service, you can also have the name of your child placed on the online Remembrance Tree memorial.

Find more resources for support about the loss of a loved one

Stay in Touch
Remembrance Service Invitation

Stay Connected With Us

Would you like to be on our mailing list? Sign up for email notifications about the next remembrance service. 

Another way to stay involved: Volunteer.


  • You can volunteer in a number of ways:

    • Welcoming and registering guests
    • Directing event traffic and parking
    • Arranging and serving refreshments
    • Preparing and distributing flowers to guests
    • Assisting staff with supervision of children, ages infant - 11 years
    • Arranging memory tables and directing families to place memorabilia
    • Escorting families and guests to the auditorium
    • Assisting with stage decorations and the Remembrance Tree
    • Helping with overall event set up and clean up

    Volunteers typically arrive by 12:30 p.m. and conclude by 5:00 p.m.

    This event would not be possible without the help and compassion of the volunteers. If you would like to help at the memorial service, please contact Kimberly A. Garofalo, Volunteer Coordinator for UVA Children's Hospital, at 434.924.5251.