January News

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our annual 5K Sunday afternoon, April 26! Same location as previous years, but different date, day, and time. Watch for opportunities to volunteer and for registration links posted soon.

Our regular support meetings schedule has resumed. As always, check our Facebook page and website for changes or for inclement weather updates.

Our January Newsletter is available under the newsletters tab, or by clicking here.

We are in the process of forming committees to serve as part of our board and leadership team. More information on that and opportunities to get involved will be forthcoming.

December Events Update

We will NOT have our regularly scheduled support meetings for the month of December! Please see this list for December events. However, one-on-one support, person-to-person, texting, email, and Facebook is available at ANY time! Contact our office or see the list of peer support parents on page 2 of our November December 2014. Our regular support meeting schedule resumes in January 2015.

Dec 8: 28th Annual Bereaved Parents Memorial Tree Service, hosted by Sentara RMH, 7-9 p.m., on the first floor concourse. This service is open to anyone in the community who has lost a child in miscarriage, stillbirth or early infancy. It provides an opportunity for anyone who has lost an infant to honor the child’s memory by hanging an ornament on the tree, if they desire. To attend this special service, please register by calling Sentara RMH Healthsource at 540-564-7200 (855-564-7200). For more information on Bereavement Services at Sentara RMH or community support groups for miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant loss, contact Nancy Shomo at 540-433-4427.

Dec 11: Informal Coffee, hosted by the Sadie Rose Foundation, 9:30-11:30, at our office at 206 Main Street Dayton. Join us for refreshments, support, and information.

Dec 14: 7th Annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony, hosted by the Sadie Rose Foundation in participation with the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candlelight Ceremony, 7 p.m., in the NEW facility of New Life of the Shenandoah Valley Church, 51G Burgess Road Harrisonburg, (behind the old Shoney’s restaurant.) “The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.” The Sadie Rose Foundation encourages you to bring family and friends to help honor the memory of the child you are remembering. We encourage participants to remember the life of children of all ages, and for siblings, grandparents, and friends to join us! We will have special music, readings, and a video slideshow of pictures submitted of children being remembered. Submit photos to tanya@sadierosefoundation.org for the child(ren) you are remembering to be included in the slideshow. After the slideshow, we will light candles and loved ones will have the opportunity to speak the child’s name they are remembering. Bring a snack to share for fellowship following the ceremony. For questions or more information, contact Regina at 540-810-4351 or regina@sadierosefoundation.org.

Holiday Shopping Bazaar Fundraiser

Join us Nov 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Dayton Church of the Brethren, 202 Main Street Dayton, VA, for a Holiday Shopping Bazaar with multiple vendors and local crafters, homemade baked goods sale, homemade doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches, and soups and sandwiches for lunch. This event benefits the ongoing outreach programs of The Sadie Rose Foundation. Click the following link for a PDF flier of the event. Feel free to print and share!

flier holiday shopping bazaar 2014 (1)

October News

Just a reminder that our “Remembering our Babies” walk in participation with National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is Wednesday, Oct. 15th. Meet on the steps of the Rockingham County Courthouse in Harrisonburg between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.. We will start the announcements and walk at 7.

Feel free to decorate small paper bags for luminaries and bring them with you. If you need sand or candles for your luminaries, we will have some on hand. We plan to place the luminaries on the steps of the courthouse before the walk.

Please note: We will not carry candles around the square like we did last year.

If you want to make pregnancy and infant loss awareness signs or signs in memory of a baby(ies) to carry as we walk, that is encouraged!

We will have awareness bracelets for sale the evening of the walk for $3 each. One in four women experience miscarriage, pregnancy, or infant loss. Our goal is to create awareness and a safe space for conversation, understanding, and ultimately, healing.

We have also posted the October newsletter on our newsletter page.

Remembering our Babies Walk

In participation with National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day!

October 15, 2014

7 p.m.

Around Court Square in Harrisonburg
Meet on the steps of the Rockingham County Court House

Gather family and friends, church groups, and social groups for this casual awareness walk around Court Square to raise awareness for pregnancy and infant loss.

This event is free, but donations are appreciated!

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness bracelets for sale at our office throughout October and at the event.

We invite you to create luminaries in memory of a baby or with the pregnancy and infant loss awareness ribbon. Sand and candles for the luminaries will be provided. The luminaries will light the steps of the court house the evening of Oct. 15th.

You are also encouraged to create signs to carry for the walk around the square.

To volunteer for this event or to help provide light refreshments or for more information about the walk, contact Regina at 540-810-4351 or regina@sadierosefoundation.org.

Please help promote this event by sharing with your family and friends! We also have fliers available at our office or by email if you are interested in posting them at your work, place of worship, or at social events.

The following statistics are provided on the Hiring for Hope website. http://www.hiringforhope.org/pregnancy-infant-loss-awareness.html

90,000 children die annually in the United States before their first birthday.
Nearly 2,500 babies are lost/year in the United States due to S.I.D.S.
Nearly 30,000 babies a year are born stillborn. The number of stillbirths that occur worldwide jumps to more than 4.5 million/year.
More babies die as a result of stillbirth than all other causes of infant death combined.
Stillbirth occurs ten times more frequently than S.I.D.S.
15-20% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage each year.
The average cost to bury a child is $10,000. Yet the average household income in the United States is just over $50,000/year.

**Please reference our Statistical Summary/Incidence Rate Sheet for more information and sources for the statistics cited above:

Statistical Summary/Incidence Rate Sheet

August newsletter available online

We have multiple upcoming remembrance events, support meetings, and opportunities to be involved in the Sadie Rose Foundation. Check out our August 2014 Newsletter for details as well as our monthly remembrances. Thanks to Brant and Shannon Midkiff for being a newsletter sponsor this month! Contact our office for details about that. Again, here is our August 2014 Newsletter.

July Newsletter available online

We are excited to share our 5K results and photos with you in this edition of our monthly newsletter, as well as our upcoming support meeting news and July remembrances. Click here, July Newsletter, to check it out. We invite you to visit our newsletter page to view our current and archived issues.

May Newsletter Available Online

Our May 2014 Newsletter is now available online.

Along with our monthly remembrances, there are lot’s of IMO’s (In Memory Of) including the newsletter sponsorship this month. From Regina’s Desk includes an article of defining motherhood. This newsletter also includes information about upcoming events, and the executive director’s quarterly board report.

Again, click here for the May 2014 SRF newsletter.