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Grant Helps Pella Regional Provide ‘Empty Cradle’ Program

Posted: Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 6:23 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

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With help from a community-based charitable organization, Pella Regional Health Center is providing a program that comforts families who have experienced the death of an infant child. The “Empty Cradle” program received a $1300 grant from the Pella Community Foundation to help create Keepsake Boxes for families that have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. “Empty Cradle” provides a variety of support and assistance services, including the Keepsake Box, which includes poems, a memory book and a blanket, among other items.

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The Empty Cradle coordinators work with grieving families for at least one year. They provide support and assistance, newsletters, cards on special days, connections with other families and a keepsake box. The program serves approximately 35 local families each year. Referrals can be made to the Empty Cradle program by contacting Heather Vander Beek at 641-621-2351.