Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Services

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Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Services

Centra offers bereavement services for anyone who has been impacted by the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly after birth through its Resolve Through Sharing program. Resolve Through Sharing is a national program model which places relational support at the foundation of its bereavement care. Centra offers this through bereavement support resources, follow-up phone calls, and support group options.  Trained nurses offer follow-up phone calls and ongoing grief support through written contact such as monthly support group reminders and due date and anniversary cards.

The RTS Bereavement Support Group meets monthly on the third Tuesday, 7:30 pm, in the private dining room of Virginia Baptist Hospital.  This is a self-help group where parents find support as they share hurts and healing in their grief journeys. Books are available for loan on pregnancy and infant loss and grief.  Bereaved parents may add an 8x8 inch finished quilt square to our memorial quilt in memory of their baby/babies.  The quilts are displayed in the Bereavement office behind the Birth Center and annually at the Walk to Remember.  They also are displayed at educational fairs.

Memorial Garden

The RTS Bereavement Services Memorial Garden is located on Oak Lane in front of the Childcare Center. This special garden is dedicated to the memory of babies who have died in pregnancy and infancy. A heart-shaped border encircles a Cleveland Pear tree and a permanent memorial marker is at the base of the teardrop.  Two concrete benches provide a quiet place of reflection. Parents have shared that this garden and the spring blooms are comforting affirmations.

Memorial Service and Walk to Remember

The Walk to Remember takes place in the month of October, which is national Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  It is dedicated to the memory of babies who have died in pregnancy or infancy and serves to raise awareness of the needs of these families.  Parents across the nation participate in symbolic walks and memorial services during this month. 

The local Walk to Remember event this year will be conducted on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 1:45 pm.  The event begins with a memorial service in Virginia Baptist Hospital's Craddock Auditorium.  Parents share quilt squares, reflections, poetry, and music during this special time of remembrance.  This is followed by a symbolic walk on the streets surrounding Virginia Baptist Hospital and concludes with bulb planting in the memorial garden on Oak Lane. Participants receive a keepsake baby ring and certificate.  A reception provides further opportunities for caregiver and peer support. 

For more information, contact program coordinator Evelyn Harker, BSN, RNC, CPLC at 434.200.4568 or 434.200.4642.