Memorial remembers the passing of sick children

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For families that have lost a child, a sense of loss is something that never quite goes away.

On Sunday, May 5, Memorial Children’s Hospital held a special remembrance ceremony to honor the memories of children who passed away far too soon.

Parents and family members looked on in the hospital’s auditorium as the name of their deceased children were read aloud. With the calling of each name a symbolic flower was added to a vase.

The aim of the ceremony was to provide some comfort and remind loved ones they have an angel waiting for them.

“My son henry was born here at Memorial unfortunately, he was born with rare heart defect… he lived about five months,” said Maggie Scroope.

For Scroope, simply knowing that others share in her prayers did provide some comfort, “that there are other people in the community going through same thing because sometimes you feel alone in that. But see a room you can connect with those folks and grieve together.”

After Sunday’s ceremony families were able to plant a flower in their child’s name.