Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony Sunday, Dec 8th, 7 p.m.

Join us as we participate in the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony to honor the memory of children gone too soon. Sunday, Dec. 8th, 7 p.m. at Sunrise Church of the Brethren 1496 S Main Street Harrisonburg. Please bring a snack to share following the ceremony and if you would like, a memento or photo of your child for the Remembrance Table.

The service will include:

* Welcome and announcements

* A reading

* A song

* A personal story

* A slideshow of children’s photos submitted by guests.(See submission details below.)

* After the slideshow, we will call people forward row by row and invite you to light a candle in memory of the child/children you are remembering.… Read the rest

August newsletter now available

Our August 2013 Newsletter is now available.

Read an update about our miscarriage support meetings, the next one is Thursday, August 1, and see photos of our annual picnic. We also have info about submitting your child’s information for our candlelight ceremony and an opportunity to volunteer on our behalf at the Rockingham County Fair. As always, the monthly remembrances help us keep each family in our hearts on their significant days.

If you would like copies of our newsletter or brochures for your office, please contact us.

Here is the link again.… Read the rest

5/K Run/Walk Results

Thanks to all 120 of our participants in the second annual Sadie Rose 5K, held Saturday, June 15, in Dayton.  Congratulations to overall winners Nevin Heckman and Miranda Hartman. Six new age group records were set, including Ethel Kimmell, breaking her own course record in the 30-39 division; Mary Jo Heckman, in the 50-59 division; and Neil Riemenschneider, in the 50-59 division. Reba Kline set the first age group record in the 60-69 division, and Roger Atkins smashed the previous course record for the 70-plus age group by more than 30 minutes.Read the rest

April Newsletter and Brochure Page

We have posted our April 2013 Newsletter as well as a page for our current brochure that you can view/download/print. We have a number of events and fundraiser in April as well as testimonials and our monthly remembrances. Here again is the link for the April 2013 Newsletter. And here again is the link to our brochure page. Please share.… Read the rest

March Newsletter Now Posted

We have added a new monthly miscarriage support meeting and a new monthly adult only support meeting. We also have a new location for our bereaved family support meeting and are planning an Extreme Office Makeover. Read all about it in our March newsletter. Click HERE to access the newsletter or go to our website and click on the newsletter tab.… Read the rest

Day 9 ~ Capture Your Grief 2012

Me and Smoky

Day 9: Special Place: There is no place more peaceful to me than being in the mountains and riding horses. I feel so close to God and to Sadie when I am afforded those special moments. Nature is a sanctuary for my otherwise broken heart and busy life, the unconditional friendship of horse (and dog) a healing balm for my wounded spirit.

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Day 6 ~ Capture Your Grief 2012

Words do not “fix” bereaved people! Loving them aids in the healing.

Sometimes I am left speechless at what people say. Other times, it is all I can do to restrain what I call “the spirit of slap” that consumes me when said instances occur. I wrote the following a few short months after our sweet Sadie Rose died…

Losing a child at whatever age in whatever circumstances is tragic for parents. As mourning families struggle to understand what just happened, well-meaning caring people say things in an effort to bring comfort.… Read the rest