Memorial Hospital holds Remembrance Day

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- It was an emotional day for dozens of families as they came together to remember children whose lives were cut tragically short.

The annual “Service of Remembrance” at Memorial Hospital honors babies, toddlers and teens that passed away there.

Their names were recited as daisies were placed in a large vase to honor the kids.

“It's a very peaceful, calmness to them,” said Michaeleen Conlee, Director of Woman’s and Children’s Services. “They love to come back and see the physicians, and feel a sense of remembrance that their child has not been forgotten by us.”

While the service is difficult for many parents it brings them comfort to know their children haven't been forgotten.

“Once you enter this world of people who've lost children, you hear these awful stories,” said Amanda Zambrano, who lost a child two years ago. “To know the doctors and the nurse’s care. My son passed away two years ago and the nurse who cared for him came down to say that she's thinking of us. That she remembered our son. It really warms your heart.”

Families also painted flower pots in honor of their lost loved ones which they took home to add to their gardens.

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