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Day of Remembrance

Celebration of Remembrance

A Celebration of Remembrance


A Celebration of Remembrance Program

For the lives of children who shared their light with the world and died leaving the warmth of that light with us forever.




Music by Stanton Lanier


Words of Welcome


Chaplain Elizabeth Hawkins




There is Love, by Unknown
Read by John McKay

We trust that beyond absence there is a presence.
That beyond the pain there can be healing.
That beyond the brokenness there can be wholeness.
That beyond the anger there may be peace.
That beyond the hurting there may be forgiveness.
That beyond the silence there may be the word.
That beyond the word there may be understanding.
That through understanding there is love.


We Remember


Video Messages
From St. Jude Staff




An Affirmation for Those Who Have Lost, by James E. Miller
Read by BetsyFisher 


Reading for Siblings


The Memory Box, by Joanna Rowland
Read by Wendy Avery


We Remember Our Heroes


Picture Memorial
Music by Stanton Lanier




Chaplain Elizabeth Hawkins


Responsive Reading


A Litany of Remembrance
R.B. Gittelsohn

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us,
we remember them.


Balloon Release


Climb to the Sky
by Stanton Lanier




Chaplain Elizabeth Hawkins


Thanks and Considerations

John McKay, Betsy Fisher, Wendy Avery, Manny Rodriguez, Elizabeth Hawkins, Brent Powell, Brittany Reed, Kristen Elkins, Karen Wodowski, Sarah Aldridge, Eloise Johnson, and Kirby Dandridge for taking part in this Celebration of Remembrance.

Staff video: Mary Harrell, Child Life Specialist, Kristin Lyons, SpeechLanguage Pathologist, Jamie Flerlage, Physician, Jennifer Loving, CoordVolunteers/Special Events for Target House II, Marc Friedman, Medical Interpreter, and Dawn Corneau-Dia, Social Worker.

Parent panelists Betsy Fisher, Emory and Heather Williams, John and Kimberly McKay, adult sibling panelist Manny Rodriguez, and moderator Dean Ives for their time, courage, and generous spirits.

Parent, grandparent and adult sibling advisers for their tremendous contribution in facilitating discussion groups.

The Day of Remembrance Planning Committee, Biomedical Communications videographers and graphic designers, Alicia Black, Anna Acerra, Internet Team, Information Services, and all others who dedicated time and effort to prepare for the Day of Remembrance.

Special thanks to Stanton Lanier, Music to Light the World, for sharing his gift of music with us.

Special thanks to Joanna Rowland, author of The Memory Box.

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