MeritCare Helps Parents Treasure Memories

MeritCare Children's Hospital and MeritCare Family Birth Center employees will be volunteering their time this weekend to assemble bereavement memory boxes for parents who have lost a child. The boxes are used to save mementos – such as a child's lock of hair, molds of their hands and feet, and foot prints. The purpose of the boxes is to give families a lasting memory of their child, and help them begin the healing process.

MeritCare Children's Hospital and MeritCare Family Birth Center employees will be volunteering their time this weekend to assemble bereavement memory boxes for parents who have lost a child. The boxes are used to save mementos – such as a child's lock of hair, molds of their hands and feet, and foot prints. The purpose of the boxes is to give families a lasting memory of their child, and help them begin the healing process.

Ismel "Smiley" and Rebecca Perez received a memory box in honor of their son Angel in October 2007. Angel, at 6-years-old, passed away after suffering from leukemia. The Perez family is thankful they received a memory box so they can preserve Angel's memory.

Funds for the boxes come from the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Telethon, MeritCare's Bereavement Fund, and donations from families who have lost a child.