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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. 

Upcoming Service of Remembrance

Date: September 23, 2017

Time: 2 p.m.

Who can attend? We invite parents, family members and friends of UVA Children’s Hospital patients

who have died within the past two years, either in the hospital or at home, to join us.

Location: Quayle Learning Center, Rooms 1201 and 1205, Battle Building

Parking: 11th Street Garage

Duration: Two hours

Accessibility: Handicapped parking and access available

Childcare: Provided for kids of all ages; includes crafts and toys

A reception follows the service.

RSVP

Let us know you will attend the service.

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 share your photos and memories with our Facebook group

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

Stay Connected
Remembrance Service Invitation

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.