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Day of Remembrance

Saturday, November 6, 2021
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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will honor children who died between March 31, 2016, and April 1, 2021, by inviting their families to join us for the annual Day of Remembrance Saturday, November 6, 2021.

The Day of Remembrance event was created 22 years ago by a task force of St. Jude bereaved parents just like you. They wanted to ensure other families had a chance to honor the memories of their children in a meaningful way.

Before 2020, the Day of Remembrance weekend event was held in-person on the St. Jude campus. For the health and safety of children undergoing treatment during this global Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to host an in-person event. Even though we cannot be together on campus this year, it is our hope that we can find ways of connecting by heart and by spirit to remember the lives of your dear children. 

Virtual Memory Boards

When Day of Remembrance was on-campus, families decorated large boards with photos and mementos of their children. Staff visited with families and shared memories and stories of their children while looking at the memory boards. This year, we will create virtual memory boards with photos and stories of your children you share with us. You will be able to see photos and read heartwarming stories about the children being honored and remembered during Day of Remembrance.

View examples of memory boards:

Note: You must be registered for Day of Remembrance to have a memory board.

We look forward to virtually connecting with you in November.

Virtual Day of Remembrance Agenda

Virtual Memory Boards

Opens at 8:00 a.m. (Central Daylight Time)

View photos and read heartwarming stories about the children being honored and remembered during Day of Remembrance.

Virtual Small Group Discussions

Discussion groups for parents, grandparents, and adult siblings (18 and older) will be offered. Parents may select from a variety of topic-focused groups. Child life specialists will lead group activities for teens (ages 13–18) and preteens (ages 10–12).

Let's Talk About Grief
Parents often feel alone and isolated after the loss of a child.  If you’ve wondered how others handle the challenges you face or you want to talk to others who understand what you are going through, join in our small-group parent discussions.  Meet and interact with other bereaved parents who understand your grief.  Ask questions, share common experiences or just come and listen.

Moms Talking About Grief
Our role as a mother and the planning and dreaming for our child’s life began when we first learned we were pregnant. What do we do with those plans and dreams now? Let’s discuss some of the challenges we face as bereaved mothers, and how to cope with them.

Dads Talking About Grief
Dads are often seen as the strong and silent types who hide their emotions. However, grief is a lifelong journey that can be very lonely if it is taken alone. Join this group of dads and see you are not alone. Sharing is optional.

Honoring and Remembering Your Child
There are plenty of beautiful ways to honor and remember our children and their impacts. Let’s share with one another ways we are honoring our children’s memories and building their legacies.

Parents Experiencing the Loss of Their Only Child
Parents who lose their only child often feel as if they’ve lost their future, even their purpose.  Join to listen, share and understand with others who also lost their first and only children.

Preteen Sibling Group (ages 10-12)
Give your preteen a chance to meet other preteens attending the virtual Day of Remembrance weekend through fun get-to-know-you games with our St. Jude child life specialists!

Teen Sibling Group (ages 13-18)
Give your teen a chance to meet other teens attending the Day of Remembrance weekend through fun get-to-know-you games with our St. Jude child life specialists!

Adult Sibling Connection (ages 18+)
Meet other adult siblings who understand.  Listen or share in a discussion of topics related to sibling grief.

Grieving Grandparents
The grief experienced when a grandchild dies involves many roles and relationships.  Grandparents grieve for their grandchild, their child, and any other grandchildren who have lost a sibling or cousin. This is a heavy load of grief to bear. Let’s discuss as grandparents how to deal with our grief, support our children and grandchildren, and take care of ourselves.

Family Panel Discussion

Opens at 1:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time)

Panelists representing St. Jude families will explore topics of grief and bereavement. 

Memory-making activity with Child Life

Opens at 1:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time)

Child life specialists lead a memory-making activity for the entire family. Families who register for Day of Remembrance by October 8, 2021, will receive a memory-making kit in the mail.* Watch our child life specialists explain and demonstrate the activity. You can do the activity along with them or save it for later.

*We are sorry memory-making kits can not be mailed internationally due to the pandemic. The exceptions are Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.  We hope the materials needed for the activity are easy to find in your hometown. 

Celebration of Remembrance

Opens at 1:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time)

A time to honor our children, to remember the many ways they touched our lives, and to express gratitude for the impact they continue to make.