This past Sunday, May 23, was the annual Rush University Medical Center memorial service to remember the babies, children and teens who have passed away. I was able to help plan this event, along with nurses and chaplains, to help family members come, remember and celebrate the lives of their children.
The service had beautiful music that was sung and played on piano and violin, along with times of prayer, reverent readings, special time for the children who were present to participate and do an activity, and many opportunities for families to reflect and honor their child(ren).
It was so nice to see the families have an inviting space and time to talk about and show their love for their child. I felt privileged to be able to share an experience like this with those families.
Lisa M. Kappy BA, CCLS, CEIM, is a child life specialist with Rush University Medical Center. Rush’s Child Life Program focuses on the emotional and developmental well-being of hospitalized children and their families.