A Place of Healing for the Community
Years ago, a University-sponsored support group for families who have experienced the death of a child began dreaming, planning and raising funds for “a place of healing for the entire community.” Their dream became a reality on Oct. 21, 2001, when Parents Healing Together dedicated Serenity Garden to the right of University Hospital’s main entrance. This date was chosen because it is the day traditionally set aside to remember children lost as infants.
This beautiful brick-walled and gated garden features a flowing fountain, benches amid colorful flowers and an imprinted plaza of bricks specially engraved as memorials to babies who died in the first year of life. Each brick represents a gift of $50 to the Foundation for this project. The garden’s fountain was donated by the Volunteer Board of University Health through a gift made by Yvonne Scott prior to her death and from gifts made to the board in her memory. Contributions in memory of Dalton True by his family also went toward the fountain. Additional funding came from contributions to the Women’s Center Serenity Garden Fund established through the Foundation.
Serenity Garden has been the site of a holiday candle-lighting and caroling service, an infant baptism and several memorial services. Every day, it serves as a place of solace for families and employees needing a quiet, peaceful setting.
Bricks for the imprinted plaza of the garden may still be inscribed with the name of a child who died in the first year of life. Bricks will be dedicated annually with the next dedication planned for October to coincide with the annual memory walk sponsored by the support group. Donations of $500 or more are recognized on the bronze plaque at the garden entrance. For more information, please contact the Foundation at 706/667-0030.