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Children’s Hospital Memorial Service Program

Instruments: String quartet, or flute, violin, viola and cello

Prelude includes:

  • Air on the G String (Bach)
  • Pavane (Faure)
  • Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes)
  • Meditation from Thais (Massenet)
  • Wachet auf (Bach)
  •  Air in F (Handel)
  • Pie Jesu (Faure) if not used for the Meditation

Invocation Pastoral care

Welcome by Vice-President or President of Children’s Hospital

The Empty Table   The symbols such as the small round table, the single plate with salt and lemon, the single flower, the white table cloth and the setting for one explained by the Child Life specialist.

“Precious Child” Karen Taylor Good Sung by an RN on the Transport Team and accompanied on guitars by two Music therapists.

“In my dreams you are alive and well, precious child, precious child.

In my mind, I see you clear as a bell precious child, precious child. In my soul, there is a hole that can never be filled. But n my heart, there is hope ‘cause you are with me still…”

Living with the Loss of a Child   A mother’s perspective. She lost her son more than five years ago. The grieving parents can see what life might be like years from now, and how they might come to terms with their loss.
Song: Tell your heart to beat again Danny Gokey

“Tell your heart to beat again, Close your eyes and breathe it in. let the shadows fall away, step into the light of grace. yesterday’s a closing door. you don’t live there anymore. say goodbye to where you’ve been and tell your heart to beat again.

Beginning. Just let that word wash over you, it’s alright now, love’s healing hands have pulled you through, so get back up, take step one, leave the darkness, feel the sun, ‘cause your story’s far from over and your journey’s just begun.”

Meditation Flute improvised solo, or Faure Pie Jesu

Living with the Loss of a Child, Either the sibling’s or father’s perspective.

Roll Call, Presentation of memory Gifts and Candle Lighting Ceremony Lighting of a candle in the child’s honor.  Ashokan Farewell is played throughout the ceremony

Caregivers Prayer Given by the Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program

Benediction Pastoral Care

Postlude Saturday Night Waltz (Copeland), Intermezzo (Mascagni)

The program book also includes a list of the children being remembered. Pictures submitted by the families of each child being recognized are projected in rotation onto a screen and shown at various times before and during the service. An insert in the book also includes pictures of the children. There are Warhol-screened sunflower bags with drawing activities and colored pencils included.

Updated April 27, 2016

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