Sadie Rose Volunteer/Interest Survey

We are so thankful for all the volunteers that help us continue to provide the support services we offer. Here is a brief survey to help us pair the right volunteers with the right opportunities. (We welcome ALL volunteers, whether you are a part of our support group or not.)

There are opportunities for those with limited time as well as larger projects such as spearheading an “Extreme Office Makeover” and coordinating events. We will provide you with everything you need to plan and coordinate and carry out. Thank you in advance for helping us help others!… Read the rest

Heaven is For Real; a personal confession

I first shared this blog in May of 2011 after reading this book.

The concept of heaven was never foreign to me. I was raised in a religion where you were taught not to live for this world, but for heaven alone. And the heaven you were living for was far greater than “any eye has seen or ear has heard or human mind has conceived.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) I was cool with that.

Throughout my youth, I lost both sets of grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and was completely at peace, and maybe even a little jealous, that they had obtained the very thing I was living for before I did.… Read the rest

They Know Their Sister

They Know Their Sister

By Regina Cyzick Harlow

June 20, 2012

 

They know their sister by tear-stained photographs

By a worn-out guestbook from her funeral service

They know her by playing in a cemetery

Around a cold hard tombstone

They know their sister by pink stripes in mommy’s hair

“It’s for Sadie,” I tell them

They know their sister by our “Sadie Rose” friends

They know her by support groups, ceremonies and meetings

They know their sister by the faraway look in mommy’s eyes

By the silences, the tears, the whispers of her name

They know her by the scent of a flower

By a butterfly’s soft-winged flight

They know their sister by the cloud’s silver lining

And by the stars that light the night

How I wish they could play with her, hold her hand,

Kiss her goodnight

But they are content knowing her in this way

Always looking for reminders of her presence

And, as only children can, they accept that this is how they know her

And they love her, just as they know her… Read the rest

Annual Memorial Picnic and Balloon Release

We invite you to join us for our 4th Annual Memorial Picnic and Balloon Release, June 22, 6 p.m. at Purcell Park in Harrisonburg, Shelter #2. See our June newsletter for information about the origin of this event and past balloon releases.
Drinks and table service provided. Bring a covered dish if you can. This is a time to share the love and memories of your child or children gone too soon. Families are welcome. We will have some biodegradable balloons, string and Sharpies to write messages to your child before we release them together.… Read the rest

Upcoming Event; count it all joy service and celebration

This is an event at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren April 29, 6 p.m., that I wanted to extend to the child-loss community. The invitation is as follows…

Are you carrying a burden? Going through a trial? Based on James 1:2-4 and inspired by the many people in our lives that are facing difficulties, Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren is hosting a “Count it all Joy Service and Celebration.”… Read the rest

VA Tech; relating to tragedy

I remember randomly turning on the TV the morning of April 16, 2007. I was horrified by the news that was taking place before my eyes as the tragedy at VA Tech unfolded. I was home, babysitting a few children. To this day, I am not sure why I felt compelled to turn the news on that morning, something I rarely did when the children were around.

I was speechless. I was angry. I felt helpless. I could not relate.… Read the rest

Lee Harlow’s Walk365: The Dog Walk That Hasn’t Stopped

Beanie, the aging redbone hound, was Lee’s inspiration for our newest fundraiser, Walk365. Because of her, Lee has committed to walking 365 consecutive days to raise money and awareness for The Sadie Rose Foundation. You can track his daily walks on our facebook page or at www.mapmydogwalk.com.

Sponsorship (for Lee or Sampson) is available for $1 a day, $7 a week, $30 a month, $90 per quarter, $180 per half-year or $365 for the full year. If donating a different amount, specify the length of time you wish to sponsor him.… Read the rest