January and February Newsletters and 5K info!

Here are links to the January 2018 and the February 2018 newsletters. (Or click on our “Newsletters” tab to read current and archived newsletters.) My apologies for not posting the January newsletter online!

Have you ever had someone tell you you need to “move on” or “get over it” in regards to the death of your child? What about that person who diminishes your own grief by being completely self-absorbed and always tells you stories of people who’ve had it “worse?” Continuing the “Honoring Grief” series, in January we meet “Move-on Marvin” and in February we meet “I’ll-Raise-You Ronnie.”

We also had a beautiful contribution by Gary Firebaugh, father of Ricky Firebaugh, on page 3 of our February newsletter.

In memory of Ricky Firebaugh

We love hearing from others in our grief community and encourage you to send your own thoughts and experiences to be shared in our newsletter. It is helpful to all our readers to know they’re not alone.

We’ve also set the date and are preparing for our annual 5K!

Here is the link to register online.

We also need sponsors, volunteers, and participants, so please help spread the word! Rumor has it that some of our raffle chances this year will include a nice grill, a TV, another cabin tent, and more. We have a huge goal of raising $20,000 in honor of our 10th birthday as an organization. Thanks for all your support to get us this far!


Welcome to the Sadie Rose Foundation. We are an official non-profit 501(c)3 organization offering support to families and individuals who have experienced the death of a child, including through pregnancy loss and miscarriage. We are based in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Regardless of how long ago or recent your loss, we welcome you as strangers no longer, but fellow bereaved families coping shoulder-to-shoulder in a life we never imagined for ourselves.

We offer support and assistance to anyone, regardless of race, religion or reason for loss.

Events and remembrances

February 19, 2018
  • Remembering Christine Hobbs - 10/13/2007-2/19/2009
    Date: February 19, 2018

  • Remembering Darren Schmucker - 2/19/2013-2/19/2013
    Date: February 19, 2018

February 20, 2018
  • Remembering John Seal - 2/20/2011-2/20/2011
    Date: February 20, 2018

  • Remembering Karl Swanson, Jr - 2/20/2010-8/24/2013
    Date: February 20, 2018

February 22, 2018
  • Remembering Cheyenne Mullen - 2/22/2001-12/7/2012
    Date: February 22, 2018

February 23, 2018
  • Remembering Luke Whitesell - 2/23/2015-2/23/2015
    Date: February 23, 2018

  • Bereaved Family Support Meeting
    Date: February 23, 2018
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Location: Sadie Rose Foundation office 206 Main Street Dayton, VA 22821


    Support, empathy, and understanding for bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and other family who have experienced the death of a child. Childcare provided. Led by Regina Cyzick Harlow. Parking along the street and around back in the Dayton Church of the Brethren parking lot. For more information, call our office at 540-810-0307 or email office@sadierosefoundation.org.

February 25, 2018
  • Remembering Victoria Marciewicz - 1/31/1994-2/25/2011
    Date: February 25, 2018

  • Online Support Chat
    Date: February 25, 2018
    Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Location: Online


    Click on this link to participate... http://sadierosefoundation.org/support-group

2017 Annual Candlelight Ceremony Information

The Sadie Rose Foundation is hosting their 10th annual Candlelight Remembrance CeremonySunday, Dec. 10, at Dayton Church of the Brethren 202 Main Street Dayton at 7 pm.

This ceremony is in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends worldwide candle-lighting to remember children of any age; adult, youth, child, baby, that have died. Guests are invited to bring mementos for the Remembrance Table and refreshments to share following the service.

We will have a slideshow presentation with photos /names/dates of the children we are remembering together. To submit your child’s photo, name, and date, please send a jpeg file to tanya@sadierosefoundation.org. If you would prefer, you may send a photo to represent your child, a teddy bear, an angel, a flower, whatever is meaningful to you. Friends and family are encouraged to attend and remember with you! If you have any questions, please contact Regina at regina@sadierosefoundation.org or 540-810-0307.

2017 SRF candlelight flier

2017 SRF Candlelight bulletin insert

Here is a newsletter or bulletin blurb: The Sadie Rose Foundation is hosting their 10th annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 10, at Dayton Church of the Brethren 202 Main Street Dayton at 7 pm. This ceremony is in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends worldwide candle-lighting to remember children of any age; adult, youth, child, baby, that have died. Guests are invited to bring mementos for the Remembrance Table and refreshments to share following the service. For more information, visit our Facebook page or Website or contact us at regina@sadierosefoundation.org or 540-810-0307.



Upcoming Events and September Newsletter

Dayton Autumn Celebration, October and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness events, Annual Spaghetti Lunch and Fall Bazaar, and Annual Candlelight Ceremony details can all be found in our September 2017 newsletter, posted here. We’ve also updated the newsletter page on our website to reflect our July and August newsletters as well.

May Newsletter Includes Board Report and Special News!

Read Regina’s board report and meet a new member of the Harlow/Sadie Rose family in our May newsletter. You will also find information about our annual June picnic, support for those suffering with loss by suicide, and our support meeting schedule. Click here to read our May newsletter or read our current and archived newsletters on our “Newsletter” page.

Thanks for all your support!

April Newsletter and 5K Registration Link!

The April 2017 newsletter is posted on our Newsletter page.

Click here for the registration link to our 5K! Early registration ends April 17, so register now to guarantee a t-shirt!

“I lost my beautiful 17 year old daughter, Taylor Elaine, on March 16, 2015, in a tragic car accident. Taylor loved life, and brought joy to anyone that knew her. Regina Harlow with The Sadie Rose Foundation is the reason I’m here today. I always told Taylor, along with her siblings, my Mother always told me she thought God chose special Angels to send from Heaven, to help those in need. I’m 100% positive, without a doubt, Regina is one of those hand-picked Angels. Come walk with us, in memory of Taylor, and support this great foundation!” –Kelli

You have an opportunity to help us continue to be there for Kelli and other local families who come to know the tragic grief of the death of a child. Join friends and family at the Sixth Annual Sadie Rose 5K Run/Walk. Headquarters will be Wilbur Pence Middle School in Dayton. The 3.1 mile Run/Walk course will take participants past scenic Silver Lake on gravel roads through rolling farmland. Participants will be eligible for generous prizes!

Pre-register by April 17 to guarantee your t-shirt. Cost is a donation of $20 per person with opportunities to create online fundraising pages and set larger goals of your choosing.

Friends groups, civic groups, entire families, multiple generations, youth groups, Sunday school classes and entire congregations are invited to join us! You’re encouraged to participate in memory of a child, sibling, friend, grandchild, niece, nephew, any child, of any age, that has had an impact in your life. Goofy costumes and team-themes are welcome. Register online at www.sadierosefoundation.org or at our Facebook page “Annual Sadie Rose 5K Run/Walk.” Whether or not you can attend the event, we’d love to have you participate as a corporate sponsor or sponsor an individual.

The Sadie Rose Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization in Dayton, offers non-clinical peer support for those grieving the death of a child and advocates for grief awareness and education. We have connected with more than 400 families in our local community since our founding in 2008. We offer multiple support groups, one-on-one peer support and lay counseling, pastoral services, and a variety of other interpersonal support and care, as well as special annual remembrance events such as this one throughout the year.

Questions can be directed to srfwalkrun@gmail.com or 540-810-0307.

“Because the path of grief after losing a child should never be walked alone.”

Thank you!

Regina Harlow

Co-founder, Executive Director

Click below for our hard copy forms.

SRF 5K 2017 Registration form

2017 SR 5K Sponsorship Form 

2017 5K PSA

Insert for Church Bulletins




March Newsletter Posted

We are looking forward to our grief retreat this Saturday. Although registration is closed, if you planned to attend and didn’t get registered in time, please contact Regina at 540-810-0307 and we should be able to include you.

We have also opened registration for our annual 5K scheduled for May 7. If you haven’t already done so, please create your fundraising page here and share with family and friends to being raising funds. Our goal this year is $15,000 and the fundraising pages are a huge part of that.

We’ve also posted our March 2017 newsletter here that includes a beautiful guest post by Kate Sloop Kelty. You can click on the green text to read the newsletter or visit our newsletter page and click on March 2017.


Grief Retreat and 5K Live Registration Links!

Registration for the grief retreat closes this Friday, February 24! Please register as soon as possible! We do not plan to have on site registration for this event other than checking in to receive packets. Read details and register here! Grief Retreat Registration Link!

Registration is LIVE for our 6th Annual 5K! Read details and register here! Annual 5K Run/Walk Registration!