George Mark Children’s House Holds Annual Service of Remembrance

George Mark Children’s House held its annual Service of Remembrance, on December 10, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day, to honor and remember the 348 George Mark children who have passed away.

Over two dozen bereaved George Mark families joined together with the care team at the House to commemorate their light, love and resilience. The names of every child who has ever been cared for at the George Mark, and who has died, were read aloud by eleven staff members.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day, held on the second Sunday each December, symbolizes compassionate support for each other by families grieving the loss of a child

Cindy Field, George Mark medical social worker, who organized the 19th annual service, said  “The Service of Remembrance is a time to come together as the George Mark community with families to connect, remember, and honor precious lives lost but always remembered.

The service began with a walk of remembrance for the families to reflect and remember their child with photos and mementos.  At the Tile Wall Memorial, roses were given to each family in memory of their child to take along their walk which included the Memorial Fountain featuring stones all around with each child’s name is engraved, and the Sanctuary where pictures of all the children were hung on birch branches.

During the service, music, poetry and special readings, translated into Spanish, accompanied the tribute to George Mark children and families. George Mark chaplain Leo Keegan and CNA Yohanna Johnson shared a poem about hummingbirds and their special connection to the House as a sign of healing, comfort and hope.