Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s 24th annual Still Missed memorial service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. Organized by the hospital’s Still Missed support program, the event commemorates the lives of babies who died through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth. To reserve a spot, call (630) 856-4497. More than 200 community members are expected to attend.
The event – which takes place during National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month – will include special music and banners featuring the names of babies who died before their time. Families are encouraged to share a personal story or poem and all participants will receive a heart pocket memento and white rose. A children’s activity also is planned. Last year more than 40 children attended the service.
“Since its inception in 1988, the Still Missed memorial service has really grown and has become an important healing event for so many families dealing with the loss of an infant or child,” said Rosmarie Roose, R.N., coordinator of the Still Missed program. “We have parents and even grandparents who attend this service every year to honor the little one they lost.”
The program has several support groups that meet on a regular basis. The Still Missed Parent Support Group meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Tupper Hall, 119 N. Oak St., directly across from the hospital. It is designed to help parents cope with the grief associated with losing a baby. The Still Missed Spanish-speaking Parent Support Group and the Grandparent/Family Support Group also both meet quarterly at Tupper Hall. The Subsequent Pregnancy Support Group meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Tupper Hall. For more information, contact (630) 856-4497 or email@example.com.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact Sheila Galloro, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Sheila.firstname.lastname@example.org; 630-856-2359.