Held annually since 1995, the UVA Children’s Service of Remembrance celebrates the lives of children. We gather together to honor their courage. We remember the love they shared with their families and the team members at UVA Children’s.
Who Can Attend the Service?
Parents, family members, and friends of UVA Children’s patients who have died within the past two years, either in the hospital or at home, may attend.
Attend the 2020 Service of Remembrance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we'll hold this year's ceremony online.
UVA Children’s team members and chaplains will speak. We'll read the names of children who have died in the past two years. Make sure to join this special event.
- When: Saturday, Oct 17
- Time: 12 noon
- Link: Join online
Share Your Memory at the Service
We invite families to submit remarks or memories about their children. We will read these as part of the service. To have your comments included in the service, you'll need to:
- Limit your submission to 2-3 sentences
- Submit by October 10
Submit your comments or memories now.
Helping Children Cope
Trying to help your surviving children grieve can feel challenging. You are also grieving. And children understand death and process loss differently than adults.
These resources can help.
Books for preschool-age and early school-age:
- I Miss You, A First Look at Death, Pat Thomas
- The Invisible String, Patrice Karst
- The Rabbit Listened, Cori Doerrfeld
Workbook for ages 8-12:
- When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief
When Families Grieve - Sesame Street online toolkit
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.