Below is a list of Advocates that supported the International Wave of Light Ceremony that occurred on Thursday October 15, 2015. Thank you for your support.
Angel Mommies of Arkansas is a local group that sews Teeny Tears diapers. They fill orders as they are received for Arkansas. To be involved with this group, contact Karen Merrell. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a wonderful program open to the public called “Good Mourning.” This program serves adults and children that are grieving the loss of a loved one. Contact Reverend Brent Fairchild for more information. (email@example.com)
Baptist Health Medical Center has been associated with the SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group for over 20 years. The vision of SHARE is to set a standard of personalized bereavement care through support, hope, healing, resources, and education to parents and siblings. SHARE is a national organization started in 1977 at the request of a grieving family. At Baptist Health, we educate our nurses as well as supporting families. We have monthly parent support group meetings. Our annual memorial service will be held on November 1, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Gilbreath Conference Center at Baptist Hospital and is open to the public, including children. Contact Nancy Meneley, RN or Haley Floyd, RN for more information.
Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Vincent Hospital The Journey program will have its annual Candlelight Memorial Ceremony on Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., in the main auditorium. This beautiful memorial service and reception are open to the public. Contact Queena Waggoner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cornerstone Clinic for Women promotes women’s wellness with a staff of five doctors and three nurse practitioners. They are concerned with all aspects of a woman’s health and well-being, whether expecting a first child or busy keeping up with grandchildren. Contact Lisa Grummer for more information. www.cornerstoneclinicforwomen.com
Faith’s Melody provides hand-stamped pendants at no cost to bereaved parents in memory of their baby. Family and friends may custom order a necklace in support of their loved ones, which will help defray the cost of the pendants. Please like their page on Facebook, visit their website (www.faithsmelody.com) or email (email@example.com) for more information.
Holy Sews. Inc. provides hand-made burial layettes to grieving families at no charge. Monthly work days are a safe place to share your story and do something productive to work through your grief. Volunteer opportunities are available that do not require sewing skills. Please join our Facebook page to keep up with work days and other items of interest. Contact Regina Binz or Mary Sue Whitelaw for details. (www.holysews.org, firstname.lastname@example.org )
Linda DeYmaz, author of Mommy, Please Don’t Cry will be available to visit and autograph books. Her beautiful book was written in memory of her daughter, Alexandra Grace DeYmaz, who was delivered stillborn on Easter morning of 1995.
March of Dimes Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Contact Kristin Powell for more information email@example.com
Mamie’s Poppy Plates provides treasured remembrance plates with your baby’s foot or hand prints. Please see their website for more information regarding their annual fundraiser, “Race to Remember.” Contact Sarah Adams for details. (www.mamiespoppyplates.com)
Molly Bears provides a weighted teddy bear in your baby’s weight. It is specifically made to fill empty arms of mothers all over the country. Please see Jodie McGinley for more information (www.mollybears.org, www.facebook.com/mollybearsorg)
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a national organization that provides bereavement photography to grieving families at no charge. This beautiful service is in need of skilled volunteer photographers. If you are interested, contact Jill Meyer, Lizzy Yates, Jessie Findley or Kimberly Harper. (nowilaymedowntosleep.org)
Progenity provides complex molecular and specialized testing services. The cost is affordable in Arkansas for the first time at $25 per test. They partner with OBGYNs to offer patients high-quality tests with clear, actionable results that enable informed medical decisions. They offer non-invasive prenatal screening, and other women’s health tests, including Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Fragile X, which are the top 3 genetic diseases recommended for testing by ACOG and ACMG. For more information, contact Donna Didier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Roller Funeral Homes offers free funeral services for children under one year of age. They will be holding candle lighting ceremonies in honor of your loved ones that have passed away at various location from November 29 through December 8. Catered luncheons will be available. Contact Tommy Green, Darah Moore, Steve Swartz, Kay Powell or Rodney Cissell to determine which ceremony best suits your needs. We are grateful to Roller Funeral Homes for sponsoring our searchlight.
UAMS Love Lives Program strives to offer high quality bereavement care. Their goal is for you to forever treasure the short time you have with your baby. If you’ve suffered the loss of a baby due to a genetic defect, UAMS has special services to offer. Please see Shannon Barringer, Chrissy Wright, or Dr. Sara Peeples
Wee Care Smocking Guild offers beautiful hand-made smocked gowns for stillborn babies in Little Rock. Smocking requires a great deal of time and talent. This group of ladies welcomes new volunteers, and they are willing to teach you their skill. If you or someone you know would like to be involved with this organization, please call The Stitchin’ Post – 501-227-0288.