Genesis Spiritual Care Hosts Open Arms Remembrance Service
Genesis Spiritual Care will host "Open Arms," the fifth annual remembrance service for families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.
The service of remembrance will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15 on the Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park campus, in the Pavilion 2 conference rooms. Before the service, participants are also invited to gather at 6:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery on the southeast edge of the hospital campus before proceeding to the service.
Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. At 7 p.m., those gathered will light a candle in memory of their child. The candles are part of a worldwide effort to light candles in all time zones and provide a continuous wave of light for infants lost.
"Many families have experienced the loss of a child due to a miscarriage or stillbirth, or in early infancy," said Genesis Chaplain Carol Kelly. "Although the loss is far more common than people think, it's often not talked about and families are left to grieve in silence.
"We hope the 'Open Arms' service will accomplish what its name intended -- to surround these families with open arms of love and understanding and to give them the opportunity to remember and grieve for their loved one."
Among the participants will be Lynn Kennedy of Eldridge, Iowa, who honors the memory of her son, Wesley, who came into the world stillborn on Oct. 19, 2001. He was born on his due date, without a heartbeat. He weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces, with a full head of blonde, curly hair. Doctors found no reason for his death.
To help in the healing journey, the SHARE of the Quad Cities support group exists for those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life. The SHARE group meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month, in the Adler 1 Conference Room, located in the lower level of Genesis Heart Institute on the East Rusholme Street campus in Davenport.
For more information about the Open Arms Remembrance, call (563) 421-7970.