Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) hosted their Annual Holiday Remembrance Service in honor of babies who have left the earth too soon. The ceremony took place on Thursday, December 6th, in the Cherished Angel Garden, directly north of the Hospital.
“We felt there was a strong need to find a meaningful way to remember and recognize these precious little ones,” said Mary Grimm, manager of the Family Birth Center at LCMH. “These remarkable little angels continue to have a profound impact on our lives.”
The Garden was dedicated in remembrance of babies who have passed away and offers a place for family and friends to grieve and reflect upon the loss. The sisters of Little Company of Mary generously donated space for the Garden on the East side of their convent. The Garden was created and funded entirely through volunteer efforts from the Perinatal Loss Committee and the Family Birth Center Staff at Little Company of Mary. The garden is located in the east lawn of the Little Company of Mary Sisters’ Convent at 2801 West 93rd Street in Evergreen Park.
If you or someone you know are mourning the loss of a baby, Little Company of Mary’s Perinatal Loss Committee encourages you to reflect at the garden. The committee also holds a FREE Cherished Angel Perinatal Loss Support Group on the third Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. The group is led by Kathryn D. Gardner, MA, LCPC, Specialist in Women’s Issues. The next support group will take place Saturday, January 19th, and with topic will be Starting a New Year.
Visit www.LCMH.org/SupportPrograms for information on Little Company of Mary support groups and programs available.