HARLINGEN — The death of a newborn is a difficult and emotional time for parents and family members, but they are not alone during their grief.
Those mourning the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death are invited to the annual Neonatal Memorial Service on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Woodward Conference Center near the South Tower Lobby at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.
Valley Baptist-Harlingen Chaplain Joe Jaime considers this memorial service an important part of the grieving process.
“It brings validation and affirmation that life was real, even for a brief moment, for these mothers who have experienced a pregnancy,” Jaime said in a press release.
Members of all faiths are welcome to attend the non-denominational service.
The service will include a special flower ceremony, where attendees are invited to place white flowers on a heart-shaped wreath in memory of the child they lost.
For more information, contact the Valley Baptist Pastoral Services Department in Harlingen at (956) 389-1194.
Valley Baptist-Harlingen provides support groups throughout the year, free of charge and open to the public:
• Bereavement support group for parents who lost a baby.
• “Compassionate Friends Support Group” for parents who lost an older child (no matter the age).
• Support group for those who are grieving the loss of a spouse, family member, or adult friend.
• For more information, call (956) 389-1194.