Valentine’s Coffee

Just a reminder of our special monthly coffee, Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10 a.m. – noon at our office. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided. For those who want to connect with other bereaved families. Our office address is 206 Main Street Dayton, VA 22821. If you have any questions, email regina@sadierosefoundation.org or call or text 540-810-4351. We hope to see you there.… Read the rest

Welcome New Board Member

The Sadie Rose Foundation is excited to welcome Regina Orebaugh to our Board of Directors. She believes in the mission of the Sadie Rose Foundation and is ready, willing and able to help fulfill that mission in whatever way she can. Welcome, Regina! (See her bio below.)

Regina Orebaugh

Regina writes, “I am married to Rick Orebaugh. We have a 13-year-old daughter, Haley. We reside in Elkton, VA. I have been employed with Harrisonburg Auto Mall for 20 years. I have volunteered in the past with Rockingham County Parks and Recreation.… Read the rest

Annual Worldwide Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony

Each year, The Sadie Rose Foundation participates in the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candlelight Ceremony for families who have experienced the death of a child. This event is always held the second Sunday in December. This event is open to families who have experienced the death of a child of any age. Please pass this information on to anyone you know that might benefit from this ceremony.

Date: Dec 9th

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Otterbein United Methodist Church 176 W Market Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (On the corner of West Market Street – Route 33 – and North High Street – Route 42.… Read the rest

Day 12 ~ Capture Your Grief 2012

Today the photo suggestion is “scent.” This was the hardest suggestion for me so far. I can still smell Sadie’s skin and hair. I still smell the hospital air. I seldom go there mentally, it hurts too much. So instead, for today’s photo, I am sharing a picture that one of my Facebook friends shared on their wall. When we got pregnant with Sadie, I already had 12 healthy nieces and nephews. While I knew people here or there that had experienced child or pregnancy loss, I had no idea it could happen to me.… Read the rest

Day 11 ~ Capture Your Grief 2012

My mom and my siblings have been wonderful support. From left to right: Andy, Ethel, Stephanie, mom, Amy, me, Jody and Shannon.

Mine and Lee’s families have always been wonderful support since we found out Sadie was a Little Person mid-pregnancy, through her brief life, her death and the founding and continuing of The Sadie Rose Foundation. Through it all, we’ve always known we could count on them (and their spouses) to be there for us. This photo is of me with my mom and my brothers and sisters. I also want to specifically thank my Aunt Edie and my cousin Loni who have been such great support as well as such great help to The Sadie Rose Foundation.… Read the rest

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

Day 4 ~ Capture Your Grief 2012

Sadie’s dress, bonnet, extra-small preemie diaper and blood pressure cuffs.

Day 4 ~ Capture Your Grief 2012 ~ Most Treasured Item: This one was hard for me. We have so few things that actually belonged to Sadie, but I keep all her things in a little box and those times where I need to “hold her,” I open her box. Those teeny tiny diapers and blood pressure cuffs get me every time. Again, to participate in this event or to view more pictures, visit CarlyMarie’s Facebook Event.

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