Siouxland families who have lost a child through stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death are invited to a memorial service in honor of all such children.
The memorial service, presented by St. Luke's HEARTS (Helping Empty Arms Recover Through Sharing) Support Group, is Sunday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. in the atrium and auditorium of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, 2720 Stone Park Blvd. This will be the 11th year the service has been held.
Featuring music, poetry and sharing, the service is an opportunity for persons to acknowledge and remember their children, said Becky Lindsay, registered nurse and facilitator of the support group. "Even though these children may have lived only a short time, or only lived inside their mothers, the bond the parents and other family members have with these children is very real. This is a time to remember these children and the place they will forever hold in our hearts."
Lindsay and staff members from St. Luke's Chaplaincy Department will be on hand at the memorial service to offer support of the persons attending and answer questions about the HEARTS program.
The memorial service is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the service or about St. Luke's HEARTS infant loss support group, which is free and meets monthly at St. Luke's Regional Medical center, please call Medi-Dial at St. Luke's at 279-3333 or 1-800-246-8347.