WVU Children’s Hospital experts to participate in grief summit, host annual service of remembrance

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Supportive Care Team will be among the experts participating in the Heroes March on Grief Summit on Friday, June 27 at the Stonewall Resort and Conference Center in Roanoke, W.Va.

The mission of the Summit, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Family Grief Center, is to educate, advocate, and increase awareness for grieving families. It is free and open to families and healthcare providers.

Starting at 10 a.m., adults attending the Summit can attend six 45-minute educational sessions, including:
  • How a grief center operates and sustains service to its community
  • How different faith communities support grieving families and what challenges they are able to meet together
  • How professional counselors handle high impact topics of grief and loss
  • How the interdisciplinary team supports families in the hospital and bridges support to the community as death is approaching and during bereavement
  • How the intensity of an acute traumatic event requires timely response and special talent
  • How to transfer wisdom through the experienced eyes of a parent
Hospices and other organizations around the state will provide an activity fair for children from 5 to 18 years old with a fun carnival like atmosphere, including an obstacle course. Several super heroes will make a special appearance.

At 5 p.m., WVU Children’s Hospital will host a mass butterfly release ceremony followed by the Third Annual Service of Remembrance. Butterflies must be purchased by June 6. They cost $10 each. To purchase a butterfly in honor or memory of a child, call 304-598-4346 ext. 1.

Summit attendees must register by June 15. Online registration is available at www.heroesmarch2014.eventbrite.com or by emailing MitterL@wvuhealthcare.com. To register by phone, call 304-598-4346 ext. 1 and leave a message with your name and the number of people attending.

Free, same-day shuttle transportation to and from the Summit will be available for families and healthcare providers in Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, and Wheeling. Those interested in riding the shuttle must pre-register by May 29 to guarantee a seat on the charter bus. Riders will be informed of the exact location and time of departure in each city prior to the event.

WVU Children’s Hospital – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. It is the state’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.


For more information:
Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
ajk: 05-23-14

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