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All invited to view memorial quilts

SPRINGFIELD The public is invited to attend Baystate Children's Hospital's eighth annual exhibition of memorial quilts crafted at its yearly Services of Remembrance over the past 11 years. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 28 in the hospital's Chestnut Conference Center, Rooms 1A and B, on 759 Chestnut St. in Springfield. "This is a very moving display of powerful remembrances made with love by the families of children who have lost their lives to various illnesses and accidents," said Marge Bloom, LICSW, from the Social Services Department at Baystate Medical Center. "We often receive requests from families who attended past services to view the quilts again," she added. The special Services of Remembrance, the most recent of which took place this March, include readings and music and are open to all family members and friends, as well as hospital staff, who remember and pay tribute to the children who were under their care. During each service, families were given a small piece of fabric which they personalized in remembrance of their child before it was added along with others to create a "Tapestry of Memories" quilt. Quilts from 1998 through 2008 will be represented at the showing. The exhibit is funded by the Children's Miracle Network and the Melissa Jennings Fund. Refreshments will be served. Baystate Medical Center currently offers the following support groups for those families who have experienced the death of a child: Compassionate Friends Support Group, for families grieving the loss of a child, third Wednesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., 3300 Main St., and SHARE, for parents who have lost children through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 3300 Main St. For more information on the exhibit or support groups, contact Marge Bloom LICSW at 794-5559.

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