Celebrating the lives of pediatric patients

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UI Health staff members hold a memorial celebrating the lives of pediatric patients.

Fourteen families gathered alongside UI health care workers Aug. 13 to celebrate the lives of pediatric patients at the University of Illinois Children’s Hospital’s 10th Annual Pediatric Memorial Service.

Each year, families and the UI Health community come together to commemorate the lives of children.

“This is an important tradition for our UIH community to come together and remember these precious children who have passed away,” said Dana Thornquist, Pediatrics and Child Life Specialist at UI Health. “We’ve been working all summer to beautify our children’s memorial garden so that families can add stepping stones with their child’s name to this garden.”

The service includes guest speakers from staff and parents, a poem and a reading of the names of the children celebrated during the service, to beautiful music performed by the Harmony, Hope and Healing Choir.

“When a child dies in our care, we as medical professionals remember that child forever,” Thornquist said. “This event is so special because we come together to honor these special children that we love to care for. To see the families we have spent so much time with during a long hospital stay is so special. Even though it is an emotional day, there are still many moments of smiles and laughter as we all reunite with old friends and new ones.

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