Sherri Schira-Ladosz, director clergy, Joe Bitz, social worker Reverend Mary Joe Patterson
Simcoe, ON – Did you know miscarriages are extremely common? They occur in one of every four pregnancies in Canada. It’s an emotionally traumatic event, sometimes a physically daunting one, and all too often an isolating experience. As the local health care provider, Norfolk General Hospital is very aware of the pain and grief associated with miscarriage and is reaching out to those affected by hosting a special Service of Reflection on Tuesday September 18 at the hospital.
“Coping and grieving for a child lost to miscarriage can be much different than grieving for other types of deaths, including how a person thinks about their loss and how they are treated by others. It is important to recognize these differences, as the grieving is not for a fulfilled life, but a life that was never realized,” said Joe Bitz, Norfolk General Hospital’s social worker and member of the support team who will be speaking at the special memorial September 18.
“Our Pastoral Care Committee was approached to host an event for those dealing with miscarriage. It was something our committee collectively wanted to do for our community,” said Sherri Schira-Ladosz, director of volunteers and clergy at NGH. “We hope that this service will give people an opportunity to experience whatever it is they need to help them along their journey of dealing with this loss.”
Reverend Mary Joe Patterson will lead this special memorial service beginning at 7:00pm in the North-South conference room of the hospital. Women and families who have been affected by miscarriage at some point in their life are invited to share in this moment of reflection and gain the support they need.
For those seeking more information, please contact Sherri Schira-Ladosz, 519-426-0130, extension 2100.
For more information:
Norfolk General Hospital
Director of Volunteers and Clergy
(519) 426-0130 Ext. 2100