Grief Retreat Registration and 5K Announcement!

Here is the registration link to the grief retreat! Lots of details are included in the link.  Also, here is a hard copy registration form if you prefer to print it and fill it out and mail it. Please share and help spread the word. Again, click on this green text for the link. 

Also, our annual 5K is set for Sunday, May 7! We are returning to the previous format, staging at Wilbur Pence Middle School and timing participants. Look for more details and registration coming soon! For now, we just wanted you to mark your calendars with the date.

Looking forward to seeing you at any number of our upcoming events.


January 2017 Update

Dear Friends of Sadie Rose,

How are we already halfway through January 2017?

I had some personal obligations that had taken attention away from SRF at the end of 2016, but am delighted and excited to be back on track, sleeves rolled up, and ready for 2017.

I have updated our newsletter page to include our more recent newsletters. I have included a PDF file of our 2017 Support and Events Calendar here. Please feel  free to print this out so you can plan accordingly for the ones you’d like to attend.

I wanted to bring your attention to some pretty important upcoming events. For more information or to volunteer for any of these events, please email Regina at or call/text 540-810-0307.

 1. Feb 9: Community Coffee and Pastry Bar, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Sadie Rose House. WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF STRITE’S DOUGHNUTS AVAILABLE FOR THIS MORNING! Individuals, friends, business owners, pastors, and anyone interested in more information about SRF and networking, please stop by for a tour of the Sadie Rose House, meet members of our support group, hear about our plans for 2017 and beyond, and/or just enjoy a cup of coffee and some pastries with us or grab some for the road.

 2. Feb 9: All-you-can-eat Pancake Supper, 4:30-7:30 pm, Montezuma Hall (Located a few miles outside of Dayton on Ottobine Road or Route 257 West.) We will be serving sausage, pancakes, and applesauce, coffee, tea, and water. A donation the amount of your choosing pays for your meal. Fliers will be available soon. Please mark your calendars, help spread the word, and bring family and friends to enjoy the evening.

 3. Mar 4: Grief Retreat, Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren, 9 am – 3 pm. This event is open to all grieving the death of a loved one, not specifically but certainly including the death of a child/grandchild/sibling. We have several presenters lined up for this event and will cover the topics, “Helping others honor our grief,” a workshop based on input from our very own support group members on how to effectively communicate our grief needs to those around us, “Guilt and Grief,” and “Caring for your mind, body, and soul in grief.” Lunch will be catered by Hanks with Chicken, BBQ Pork, Mac and cheese, green beans, cole slaw, bread and butter, chocolate and spice cakes, and drinks. Mark your calendars and watch for registration forms soon.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Disclaimer: The Sadie Rose Foundation is a non-profit organization offering non-clinical peer support to those grieving the death of a child. Our grief awareness, lay counseling, and support programs are not intended to replace medical or professional help and support. 

Holiday shopping bazaar and spaghetti lunch November 13

Sunday, November 13 at Weyers Cave Community Center, 12:30 to 5 p.m.: All-you-can-eat Spaghetti lunch including a vegetarian sauce option, green beans, applesauce, assorted desserts, coffee, lemonade, and iced tea. Free-will offering for the meal.

Multiple Vendors and Local Crafters
Ten Thousand Villages, Young Living, Posh, Lula Roe, Thirty-One, Wildtree, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Younique, Magnolia and Vine, Papmered Chef, Usborne Books, Initial outfitters, Handmade jewelry, Baby accessories, Kitchen towels, and much, much, more!

*For a complete list of vendors, visit our Facebook event page or our website. To inquire about a vendor space, contact Vonda at or 540-271-2635.

July/August 2016 Newsletter

Here is our July/August 2016 Newsletter. Read information about a NEW TEEN sibling support program, see pictures from our butterfly release and details about BB&T’s Lighthouse Project that helped sponsor our Run/Walk. To view the newsletter, click on the green underlined July/August 2016 or click on our Newsletter tab to view there.

Newsletter and Run/Walk Photos!

Check out details of our annual picnic as well as team names, children walk in memory of, and sponsors in our June 2016 newsletter.

THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored, walked, ran, volunteered, or helped in any way! We raised about $11,000 from this event! That money will go toward our general operating budget so that we can continue to be a resource of support for local people grieving the death of a child.


See pictures from Robin Skievaski Photography here. You can even order prints of your favorite photos.

Also, see pictures from Tanya Bennett here.

SRF Walk Run and Fun Day Registration! (Formerly our 5K)

The link below is our registration information! All details can be viewed by clicking on this link.

We look forward to all the teams and individuals who will participate, sponsor, donate, volunteer, and ultimately remember together the children in our community that have left us too soon!

Here are important promotional, sponsorship, and volunteer forms!

2016 Raffle Tickets to Print and Sell!

2016 Volunteer Coordinator Form

2016 Volunteer Form

2016 Sponsorship Form

2016 Hard Copy Registration

2016 Bulletin Insert for Churches and Civic Programs

2016 Walk, Run, and Fun Day PSA




March 2016 Newsletter and 5K Update!


Here is the March 2016 newsletter, or you can view it by clicking on our newsletter link.

We do have additional 5K updates! Mark your calendars for May 22. We are working on getting the registration link live, but in the meantime, here are some NEW details.

This year we are staging the event at The College Street Pavilion 360 College Street Dayton, Va 22821.

college street pavilion

Free parking will still be available in the Wilbur Pence Middle School parking lot.

We are adding “Fun Day” to the event because we are planning children’s activities and raffle items. Mama’s Caboose will be on site for anyone who wants to purchase food and we are working on securing an ice cream truck. Please watch for updates and a live registration link. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Events and remembrances

January 19, 2018
  • Remembering Tryston Hawk - 1/19/2009-1/19/2009
    Date: January 19, 2018

January 21, 2018
  • Online Support Chat
    Date: January 21, 2018
    Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Location: Online


    Click on this link to participate...

January 23, 2018
  • Remembering Jeb Brumfield - 1/23/2012
    Date: January 23, 2018

January 25, 2018
  • Remembering Muhammed Debyan - 12/9/2008-1/25/2009
    Date: January 25, 2018

8th Annual Candlelight Ceremony Dec 13, 2015

Join us as we participate in The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony to honor the memory of our children, Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 7 pm. Plan to gather by 6:30 at River Oaks Church in Harrisonburg (behind the old Shoneys.) Please feel free to bring pictures or mementos of your child/children to place on the remembrance table. We also encourage you to bring family and friends to celebrate your child with you and a snack to share following the ceremony.
Our service will consist of several readings, a song written and performed by Jessie Trainum, and a bereaved sibling dance choreographed and performed by Alaina Erbaugh and Taryn Zander. Anyone who wishes to do so will be invited to come forward and light a candle in memory of a child. They may also share their child’s name if they so choose. 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 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.

On this second Sunday of December around the world at 7 pm in their respective time zones, bereaved families will be lighting candles to honor the memory of their children. This event initiated by The Compassionate Friends, creates an international 24-hour wave of light as a memorial to our children.

If you have any questions, please contact Regina at or 540-421-6458.