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  • What You Need to Know
    You Need to Know Support Groups Events Resources Prayers Poems Articles Help for Children Additional Resources Volunteer Chaplain Program Resources What You Need to Know It is important to know that you are not alone in your grief Below is a letter from Diane and Richard Nares who lost their son to leukemia Dear Friends We too are parents who have lost a child There is no simple word in our language to describe how we all feel After losing our beautiful son Emilio to leukemia four years ago a friend wrote in a letter Your Pain is as great as your Love To this day this simple statement remains one of the most powerful examples of how profound this loss is We wish we could tell you that the pain goes away It doesn t it just changes One day you begin to notice that it is a little less intense and it comes a little less often One day you begin to notice that you are smiling rather than crying when you speak about your child Right now speaking about your child can be excruciatingly difficult The lump in your throat keeps getting in your way and breathing seems to be the most difficult feat in your day Grief comes and goes like an overbearing wave crashing on the shoreline rolling in and out slowing leaving yet always returning We would like to share some thoughts with you Breathe deeply as best you can Surrender this loss is so much bigger than you are Embrace your faith and feel God s arms wrapped around you guiding you through your day Remember we all grieve differently and in our own time frame Let yourself cry Take many walks Embrace your animals they are incredibly healing Rest rest rest Be

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  • Support Groups
    to Know Support Groups Events Resources Prayers Poems Articles Help for Children Additional Resources Volunteer Chaplain Program Resources Support Groups All support groups unless otherwise noted meet at the Jenna Druck Center 2820 Roosevelt Road Suite 200 San Diego 92106 The groups are led by facilitators from the Center s Families Helping Families program To reserve your seat and for more information call 619 294 8000 or email fhf jennadruck org Healing Your Life After a Loss 6 30 8 p m 3rd Thursday each month Join facilitator LaVon Vonnie Switzer in this group open to all who have lost a loved one and seek support on their journey Join us to learn about grief and how to navigate life after a loss Mom s Support Group 10 a m noon First Saturday of each month Join our Facilitators Denise Hankins and Helen Redman in this special group of mothers living with the loss of a child This group provides a safe and supportive community where those who attend truly understand each other s pain and loss Violent Loss Support Group 6 30 8 p m 4th Tuesday each month Join facilitators Dayna Herroz and Susan Brondell in this supportive group of peers in a safe and gentle environment for exploring the variety of issues unique to violent loss Violent loss includes but is not limited to homicide suicide car accidents and tragic accidents Parent s Support Group 6 30 8 p m Thursdays each month except for the 3rd Thursday Join our circle of parents and one of our trained peer facilitators from our experienced team who come together each week to support one another after the tragic loss of a child Children s Expression Session 6 30 8 p m 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday each month Join

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  • Events & Resources
    other family members or friends who have come with them The Gatherings are open to everyone in the child s family including adults and children The families work together on projects that are intended to provide ways to honor their child who died The events give us the opportunity to share resources with the families such as bereavement support groups counseling and educational events to increase their awareness of help that is available to them and to increase their knowledge about grief Because these events are multifaceted in terms of their activities and multigenerational in terms of the population in attendance they provide a unique and regular way for bereaved families to get support These events allow participants to engage an activity that honors their child and allows people to express their grief or simply listen to others No one is expected to share their experiences unless they want to In this way there is a sense of safety for many who are not comfortable talking about their feelings but value being with people with a similar loss Professional support is available to families at each event Each event has five to six paid professional clinical staff in attendance including chaplains nurses child life specialists and social workers Each of these professional clinicians has been professionally trained for helping adults and children cope with the death of a child In addition we have a Bereaved Parent Liaison and Bereaved Parent Volunteers at the events to give peer to peer support and help facilitate our family chats While the vast numbers of these families are associated with Rady Children s these events are also available to families in the community whose child was not at Rady Children s Bereavement Parent Liaison Kathleen Stark is both a bereaved parent and a certified grief facilitator She provides individualized bereavement support through cards letters and phone calls to bereaved families Kathleen responds to referrals from our HOPE hotline from staff and from the community to reach out to families who need to talk about their loss Mom s Time Out This program is also led by Kathleen Stark This activity brings moms together for therapeutic walk and talk sessions with Kathleen The mom s will have an opportunity to express their grief get peer support and gain knowledge and insight on the grief process from Kathleen HOPE Hotline The HOPE Hotline is the central phone number for the HOPE program and message center which families can call anytime to request assistance with their grief whether it be peer to peer connections bereavement counseling and or connecting with community resources groups or therapists The hotline is also used for families to RSVP for events and to get more information about upcoming events The Hotline number is 858 966 8400 Resources for Honoring a Child We provide materials to families to have a loving ritual of saying goodbye and of a way of honoring their child These resources are a vital way for families to grieve

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  • Prayers, Poems & Articles
    Records Health Information Exchanges MyChart About Us Who We Are Newsroom Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Health Safety Health Library Ask Your Nurse Videos Safety Store at Rady Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care Programs Services Spiritual Care Hope Bereavement Support Program Prayers Poems Articles Spiritual Care Prayers Poems Articles Spiritual Care Mission Values Clinical Pastoral Education Hope Bereavement Support Program What You Need to Know Support Groups Events Resources Prayers Poems Articles Help for Children Additional Resources Volunteer Chaplain Program Resources Prayers Poems Articles The following is a collection of links to prayers poems and articles that can provide inspiration and comfort for those suffering from grief and loss Prayers and Poems Prayers for Your Serenity Peace and Strength Cincinnati Children s Prayer for Peace Coping org Bereavement Poems Bereavement Poems Articles Sibling Grief Poems Bereavement Poems Articles Spiritual Poems Beaconsfield Spiritualist Church Poems with Depth clk890 tripod com Articles Helping Your Child Deal With Death KidsHealth How Can Spirituality Affect Your Family s Health KidsHealth How Can I Help My Child Cope With a Friend s Death KidsHealth Bereavement Articles Bereavement Poems Articles Death

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  • Help for Children
    is important to tell children the facts based on their developmental level and emotional needs Dealing with the death of a family member or close friend is one of the most difficult tasks you may ever have to face There is no easy way to tell a child that a family member or close friend has died or is going to die nor any way that is going to prevent great feelings of sadness or pain What can you say Be simple and truthful The best way to talk with children about death is to be simple and truthful use the words death died and dying For young children the best explanations are those that draw on concrete experiences Children learn that flowers insects or even their pets die It is also a good idea to have children explain in their own words what they have been told to explore misconceptions they may have For older children truthful explanations may be helpful in minimizing concerns about their own health and future For example saying John was very ill The doctors and nurses could not make him better although they tried everything they knew John s body was so sick that it could not work anymore and he died Being dead doesn t hurt It is important to avoid phrases that may give mixed messages Phrases such as passed away sleeping taken from us resting and gone away can be very confusing for children Do not hide your feelings Do not hide your own grief Let children know that feelings of sadness blame fear and anger are normal Children are often less able to put thoughts and feelings into words and may express their feelings in other ways such as through their play Children s reactions will vary depending on their

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  • Additional Resources
    wisdom of families and healthcare providers Local Support Organizations Bereaved Parents USA The San Diego North Inland Chapter of The Bereaved Parents of the USA BP USA is a self help support organization All of our members are parents grandparents and siblings who are grieving the death of a child We are dedicated to helping families cope with their loss grief and to providing information and education to help others be supportive We gather to listen to care and to understand the process of grieving as we heal and start our recovery Our greatest strength as bereaved families is the unity we find in shared experiences that leads us out of isolation gives us a place to belong and gives us hope that together we can make it We offer hope to newly bereaved families that they too can make it www bpsdni bpchapter org The Jenna Druck Foundation The Jenna Druck Foundation coordinates Families Helping Families FHF FHF was born of the need for services to help families in the hours weeks and months after losing a child Some of grief s darkest most difficult moments occur as supportive family and friends are returning to their own lives The shock of losing a child begins to wear off and reality sets in Families need continued support from other families who are also grieving FHF s many programs provide a safe place for families to come together and receive the help they need to go on Contact 619 294 8000 or www jennadruck org San Diego Hospice The Center for Grief Care and Education offers the community a variety of opportunities for ongoing emotional support and information about grief loss and life adjustments following the death of a loved one Contact 619 688 1600 The Hope Center The Center provides

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  • Rady Children’s Participates in National Patient Safety Awareness Week
    data successes and leanings Having already saved approximately 2 500 children from harm and prevented an estimate of over 60 million in costs from the healthcare system with their collaboration SPS hospitals are working to reduce certain hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent reduce re admissions by 10 percent and reduced serious safety events by 25 percent SPS has teamed with the Children s Hospital Association to offer safety tips for patient families Tips for patient families include the following Be a patient advocate for your child Don t be shy Ask questions about your child s care raise safety concerns you have or ask the caregiver to double check their chart before they act Write down your questions to make sure the caregiver addresses them You might say Excuse me I have a few questions before you start treatment would you mind answering them please You know your child best Share unique things about your child with caregivers that may be important for your child s overall care i e they have a fear of animals or only like to eat food cut in small pieces Wash Wash your hands and your child s hands when entering and leaving the hospital your patient room the bathroom and any treatment rooms such as x ray and be sure to wash if you have handled any soiled material Ensure they wash too Since you are part of your child s health care team do not be afraid to remind doctors and nurses about washing their hands before working with you even if they are wearing gloves You might say Excuse me I didn t see you wash your hands I d like to be sure everyone s hands are clean Please wash them before caring for my child Stay clean and

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  • Rady Children’s Announces Leadership Transitions at Hospital’s Annual Meeting
    he has proven himself to be an extraordinary leader who embraces the significant potential of Rady Children s to provide the very best healthcare for children said outgoing Board Chair David Hale His pride in this organization is readily apparent to the more than 5 000 employees he leads Dr Kearns brings a unique skill set to the role of President and CEO said incoming Board Chair Ted Roth His years of training as a physician and surgeon have provided him with a deep understanding of the clinical priorities at Rady Children s and his experience as an executive gives him the necessary tools to provide strong leadership to the organization Dr Kearns practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for more than 25 years at Rady Children s and was recognized yearly in the national survey Best Doctors in America Dr Kearns has been involved in numerous aspects of Rady Children s growth and development in various leadership positions He has served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery for Rady Children s Surgeon in Chief of Rady Children s Specialists of San Diego and subsequently Chief Medical Officer of Rady Children s Also announced at today s annual meeting Ted Roth was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for Rady Children s Roth has been a member of the Hospital s Board of Trustees and Board of Directors since October 2001 He currently chairs the Board Audit and Corporate Responsibility Committee and has been a member of the Executive Strategic Planning Compensation Governance and Investment Committees Roth is President of Roth Capital Partners LLC an independent full service investment bank focusing on growth oriented small cap publicly traded companies He is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College and has a J D from Washburn University and an LL M from the University of Missouri at Kansas City For more than 13 years Ted has been a true asset to Rady Children s demonstrating skillful and determined leadership on our Hospital Boards said David Hale Ted is committed to achieving the Hospital s goal of becoming not only a world class health care provider but an international leader in research teaching and innovation David Hale will assume a new role as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute at Rady Children s In 2014 Ernest Rady and family pledged 120 million to support the Institute which will bring together a team of world class scientists researchers and clinicians who will focus their talents on preventing diagnosing treating and curing childhood disease through genomics and systems medicine research Rady Children s Board of Trustees committed an additional 40 million in funding to support the Institute The Genomics Institute requires a leader with both a deep understanding of this emerging field of research and the visionary leadership to realize its incredible potential David Hale is that leader said Donald Kearns MD Hale has been a member of Rady Children s Board

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