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Published on August 03, 2015

Cherished Children Memorial Service to be held August 11

Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health System will hold its third annual Cherished Children Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 11 in front of Altru Hospital. This event seeks to support families who have lost a child by any means, at any stage of life. “We hope to offer support to people who know the grief of losing a child,” said Penny Millspaugh, coordinator of Altru’s Infant and Child Bereavement services. “Through memorial services like this, we intentionally take time to slow down, turn inward and honor stories of loss and pain as together we search for meaning and hope.”

This year’s service will highlight a father’s journey through grief. Guest speakers, Rev. John Rieth and Dr. Marcus Weaver-Hightower, will share their personal stories of love and loss.

The event is free and open to the public. Information booths will open at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. Participating organizations include TEARS Suicide Prevention Project, Altru’s Child Life Program, Wings of Hope-Altru’s Infant Bereavement Services, Altru’s Complementary Therapies, Camp Good Mourning and Altru Health Foundation. Certified therapy dogs and their trainers will also be in attendance. Music will be provided by the Higher Ground praise band from Sharon Lutheran Church.

A balloon release will close the evening.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $450 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.