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.
The 2020 Service of Remembrance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ceremony was held online.
We haven't yet scheduled the 2021 ceremony. We'll update this page once we do. If you'd like to participate in the 2021 ceremony, check back here at a later date for detail.
Honor Their Legacy
It's incredibly hard when a loved one is struggling with their health. You can help bring comfort and support to other families facing pediatric health issues. Your contribution helps us do research and provide care for our smallest patients in need.
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.