RTS Bereavement Services schedules May memorial and burial service
Area parents, families and friends of families that have lost a baby through miscarriage are invited to attend a special memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Chapel of the Risen Christ Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery, 686 Fond du Lac Avenue, Fond du Lac.
Twohig Funeral Home and Chapel of the Risen Christ Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Fond du Lac will assist with the service.
Julia Wiegerling, CSA, an Agnesian HealthCare chaplain, will deliver the reflection. Music will be provided by On His Wings Worship.
Sponsored by St. Agnes Hospital’s RTS Bereavement Services, the service is offered jointly by Agnesian HealthCare and local funeral homes and cemeteries “because life is precious and when the cycle of life is interrupted, the heart is saddened,” according to Sister Anne Jude Lanen, CSA, with Agnesian HealthCare RTS/Spiritual Care Services. “Tender remembering can help heal the pain and a grief shared can provide comfort. Together, then, we call on our God that loves, comforts and heals.”
For many parents a memorial service is very important.
“It is a way to remember and honor the life of their baby, and also a way to begin healing,” according to John Fuchs, a chaplain with Agnesian HealthCare. “Especially with a loss of a child through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth, a memorial service may help the family or friends of parents understand that this baby was a beloved and important member of the family who will be greatly missed. This memorial service offers the opportunity for these mothers and fathers to mourn together and to understand that they are not alone, not the only ones who have been affected by loss in this way.”
RTS Bereavement Services is a free self-help group for families who have lost a child through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death.
For more information about the memorial and burial service, or other programs and services offered by RTS Bereavement Services, call Chaplain Fuchs at (920) 926-4851. “So now we come together with others who know the pain, the empty arms, cold dark nights. We remember. The funny thing is when we’re all together, these friends we never knew, there’s a light, a spark. Some hope, something new, a shoot coming from the soil. Life goes on.” – Lynn Burgess, chaplain, Agnesian HealthCare