The Sadie Rose Foundation is excited to welcome Karen Doss Bowman to our board of directors. We look forward to working with Karen and the insight and expertise she brings. See her bio below.
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 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. I attend church at Impact Ministries in Elkton. I enjoy reading and spending time with family. I recently lost my brother of 46 years to a motorcycle accident. I wish to enrich my life by giving back to others in our community.”
Our December newsletter is filled with upcoming events like the Bereaved Parents Memorial Tree Service, the Candlelight Ceremony and a Christmas Coffee. It also includes “thank you’s” to many individuals and families, and opportunities to come together as bereaved families to remember our children together. We are here for you through the holidays and beyond, because the path of grief after losing a child should never be walked alone.
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.
Additional Details: We invite you to bring a photo and/or mementos of your child for the Memory Table. This year we have have traditional candles used for such ceremonies. Each family will have the opportunity to say their child’s name if they wish to do so. We will have a brief program with special music and readings. If you have something you would like to read or share, please contact Regina at 540-810-4351 by Dec 5th.
Please bring a snack to share. Drinks provided.
You are also welcome to submit a photo of your child to be included in the slideshow. You can email the photo, your child’s name and date of birth and date of death to Tanya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Regina at the number above.
For more information about the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candlelighting Ceremony, click here.
We have a lot going on at The Sadie Rose Foundation the next few months. We invite you to join us for our annual Thanksgiving meal and other regularly scheduled events. Be sure to read all about all of them in the November Newsletter.
Today’s photo subject: Signs! This sign is one of the most amazing miracles I have ever experienced. Fortunately, there was a wonderful photographer, Traci White, on hand to capture the moment. We were all set to begin our First Annual (October 15th) Remembrance Walk in Grottoes, VA, when a thunderstorm blew in. We were unsure as to whether or not the walk would actually take place when the clouds parted and a brilliant rainbow touched down between two empty infant swings in the park playground! (Ironically, as another sign?! This photo suggestion falls on the day of our Third Annual Remembrance Walk!) The second photo is during one of our Annual Memorial Picnic and Balloon Releases. As we released our balloons with messages to our children, the sun”s rays seemed to embrace them and welcome them into the heavens.These pictures still take my breath away every time I reflect on them. Wow ~ Thanks sweet Sadie! Click here to read another story about sings from our baby girl.
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. After Sadie died, I was told of these statistics below. ONE in FOUR! I had no idea before Sadie died how many women were silently grieving and I vowed to give us a voice. One of the ways I do that is through this organization in our precious daughter’s name. In an effort to give credit where credit is due, it looks like this photo was originally posted by a group called “Pregnancy After Miscarriage & Pregnancy Loss.”
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. I’m thankful for my dad, who has been there in his own unique way. Our church family and other friends have been wonderful too, as well as fellow bereaved parents we’ve connected with. SO thankful to be surrounded by so much love!We are better people because of the loved ones in our lives and the Sadie Rose Foundation exists because these people (and many others) help make it happen.
A friend photographed this rose in her grandmother’s garden for our non-profit logo. There are many things that remind me of our little Sadie; dragonflies, butterflies, soaring birds, stars, but there is something about a rose that makes me feel most connected.
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.