Sunday, January 29, 2017

Share Parents of Utah

Third Annual
Valentine's Gala



We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day a few days early with fellow Share Parents who understand and love one another!

We are so excited to have Dr. Matt Townsend back with us (www.matttownsend.com). 

He will be speaking on the unique relationship experiences that can occur while on our grief journey following the death of our loved one(s).

The Gala is February 9, 2017, 6-9 PM
at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, UT.

We will be holding a silent auction with items such as jetBlue Airways tickets, Disneyland tickets, local sports tickets, hotel stays, gift baskets, and much much more!

Everyone who attends the Gala will automatically be entered into a raffle 
to win a fantastic gift basket put together by our amazing sponsors from the efforts of our incredible, hard-working and selfless volunteers!

Ticket sales are closed.

Photographer John Lloyd (www.capturedlightphoto.com) will capture the evening and provide a free, downloadable keepsake photo for you.

**Full Cash Bar available

*This Is A Formal Event*



Taking Care of Your Relationship After the Death of a Child


Written by Lisa Buell on Thursday, January 29, 2009

Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers, a time to celebrate our passion for one another.  But what happens after our child has died?  Our innocence is lost and it takes every ounce of strength to be civil or even interested in what our partners are saying.

What happens when our psychological energy is consumed with the memories of our child and it is taking everything we have just to get through the day? What happens when we can barely look at our spouse because it reminds us of the dream that was our life, a dream that evaporated the moment our child took a last breath?

What we do is follow our own breath, let it take us deep inside ourselves to find the love and gratitude for the history we have shared with our partner.  We take this time to acknowledge that our partners experience the same love we have for our child; many of our memories are theirs as well.

This Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to remember the love we have for our child and the magnificence that our love created.  Know that we have the ability somewhere deep within ourselves to rise above the loss just long enough to create something that comes from our hearts, even when they are broken: a collage of our family, a table decoupage with our pictures, a necklace engraved with our children’s names, a new remote control so our spouse can continue to zone out on the television, a quilt made from our child’s clothes, a rose bush in the garden that is our child’s favorite color.

Or we can wait until it’s Valentine’s Day and buy massive quantities of half-price chocolate and eat until we fall into a sugar coma, sleeping off the hangover as we hope to be more up for Valentine’s Day next year.  We all have choices in this life, I believe in the human spirit and that we are all trying to do our very best… whatever that may look like. So do your best to love yourself and know that the love, passion, and energy you once felt for your partner will begin to flow yet again.

Lisa Buell is a writer, activist, mother of three and parent of two. She works with Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, Partnership for Parents www.childrenshospice.org, as a parent advocate bringing a parent’s perspective to the development of palliative care programs and policies. To contact Lisa email her at lisa@childrenshospice.org

Where do we meet?

Second Wednesday of each month at a local public Library. Please check our website for updates and locations.

February: Grief and Your Relationships at South Jordan Library

March: Despite How You Feel There IS Reason For Hope at Herriman Library

April: Ways To Put Effort Into Your Healing at South Jordan Library

Fourth Tuesday of each month at Jordan Valley Hospital, 2nd Floor Classroom, 3580 W. 9000 S.

February: Grief and Your Relationships

March: Despite How You Feel There IS Reason for Hope

April: Nurturing Self with special Mother's Day craft

Please visit the Support Meetings/Workshops tab on our website for full details.

Contact Us




For more information, please visit our consistently updated website: www.shareparentsofutah.org
or call us at 801-272-5355









2016 marks

National Share's

40th Anniversary!



Click HERE to view the January edition of the National Share Magazine.

This month's quote:

"Grief, I've learned, is really just love.
It's all the love you want to give but cannot.
All of that unspent love
gathers up in the corners of your eyes,
the lump in your throat,
and in that hollow part of your chest.
Grief is just love with no place to go."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I am his, and he is mine

Valentine's GALA
February 9, 2017
6-9 PM

Our Third Annual Valentines Gala is our next big event.

We will be holding the Gala at the aquarium and are excited to have Dr. Matt Townsend back 
(www.matttownsend.com). He will be speaking on the unique relationship experiences that can occur while healing after the loss of our loved one(s).

The Gala is February 9, 2017 at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

We will be holding a silent auction with items such as Jet Blue Airlines round-trip tickets, Disneyland tickets, hotel stays, gift baskets, and more!

Photographer John Lloyd (www.capturedlightphoto.com) will capture the evening and provide a free, downloadable keepsake photo for you.

Gala tickets are now on sale!
Your meal ticket includes private access to the Aquarium (after public viewing hours).

The price of your meal is the price of your ticket.
The meal options are as follows:


Chicken Modena ($55)
Balsamic-Marinated Breast of Chicken with
Preserved Cherry Compote, Asparagus Risotto and Grilled Asparagus


Grilled Filet Mignon ($75)
Grilled 7 oz. Filet Mignon, Peppercorn Cream Sauce, Yukon Gold White Cheddar Potatoes,
Steamed Asparagus


Grilled Salmon ($60)
Wild Alaskan Salmon, Dill Pistachio Pistou, Snap Peas with Mixed Bell Peppers,
Summer Herb Basmati Rise


Vegan Aloo Gobi Masala ($55)
Crispy Potatoes, Cauliflower, English Peas, Vine Tomatoes, Sautéed with Indian Seasonings,
Served on Rice.


*All dinners are gluten free and include lemonade, salad,
freshly-baked artisan bread basket with sweet butter and dessert bar!

**Full Cash Bar available


Everyone who comes to the Gala will be entered into a raffle for a 
wonderful gift basket!


Please purchase tickets by January 29, 2017 by following this two step process:
1. Send donations via PayPal (donate@shareparentsofutah.org) or Venmo (@Shareparent).
2. Email us (Info@shareparentsofutah.org) with your meal choice (including how you want your filet cooked, if applicable), proof of purchase and an address we can mail your tickets. 

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

*This Is A Formal Event*

http://www.shareparentsofutah.org


We are excited to have Tami Alvord join us as a support meeting facilitator. She will be facilitating the library meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:30PM.

Tami's Story:

My name is Tami Alvord and I have been a volunteer with Share since March 2016. I recently had the 10 year anniversary of my son's passing. His name is Conner and he was born on New Year's Day 2005 with a rare genetic disorder that we had no knowledge of until after he was born. He received a liver transplant at 7 weeks old and many other treatments throughout his short life. He passed on December 2006, when he was 23 months old, just a few days before Christmas. 


I knew of Share sometime after my loss and I had met some other moms who had gone through losses.  It felt really good to meet others who were on the same journey I was, to know that I was not alone in this. I moved out of state and that's when I started to attend support meetings; I finally started to make some progress in coping with my loss and dealing with my grief, I learned how to live this new normal, and even to enjoy things again. 

We moved back to Utah and the thought of helping other families who have experienced a loss kept popping in my mind. I looked up Share on Facebook and learned of their mission and the amazing work they do. I signed up to take the volunteer class.  I have met wonderful people who have taught me so much. I'm very grateful to be a part of this admirable organization.


Monday, December 5, 2016

December 2016


As we begin to come to the end of 2016 our hearts are very, very full!

We want to thank everyone who has supported Share Parents of Utah this past year!  
Your volunteer hours, sewing talents, financial support and support you have given by participating in and/or supporting our fundraising efforts are so appreciated!  

We've watched as friendships were kindled, hearts began to mend and hope, healing, light, love and encouragement was reciprocated amongst many of you.
  
As we look back on what we have accomplished this year it makes us look towards the future with excitement and wonder.  

January brought on a whole new SPoU Board!  Fresh faces, ideas and desires to improve an already beautiful and supportive group.  

This past February we held our Second Annual Valentine's Gala.  It was so fun to dress up and have a much-needed night out surrounded by those who understand our pain and the paths we are traveling.  

In March, Jaymie and Melannie were the first to ever attend National Share's training from our group here in Utah.  We feel very fortuanate, because of the support from the local community, that we were able to bring back so much information and empowerment to continue our desire to help others through the immeasurable pain and grief that comes after the death of a child.  

Our Support Meetings and NEW hands-on Workshops led by Dr. Jake Andreason brought in more grieving fathers and siblings than we've ever been able to support before!  We had some great nights with the Mother's Day crafts and impromptu dinner support meetings!  

Our 21st Annual Walk for Remembrance and Hope at the International Peace Gardens was incredible and the success of our 2nd tree at the Annual Festival of Trees was healing and the fact that it brought in over $2,600 for PCMC is just amazing!  

Because of some of the successes and feedback we have gotten from many of you, we will continue to grow many of the seeds we have planted.  

Watch for when we will pick the Workshops with Dr. Andreason back up again.  

Do what you can to attend our Valentine's Gala in February and our Annual Walk in October.  

Even if you feel you have healed from your own loss(es), consider attending a few Support Meetings so you can be of support to others.  We are always on the lookout for supportive men and women who can continue the work that Share Parents of Utah began in 1983.  

2017 commemorates the 40th Anniversary of National Share and we intend on celebrating right along with them.  They have quite a few big things planned for the year and we will make sure to keep you all in the loop.  

For now, no matter your beliefs, political views, social status or TV bingeing desires, we sincerely hope that this month brings peace and hope back into your lives.

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Mark your calendars for the annual
Christmas Box Angel Ceremony
December 6, 2016 at 7 PM
Christmas Box Angel Statue at the Salt Lake City Cemetery
Visit Richard Paul Evans for more information


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*Great Holiday Gift Idea*

Don't miss our 
Third Annual Valentine's Gala
February 9, 2017
at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Tickets available now by emailing us at info@shareparentsofutah.org

Dr. Matt Townsend will be speaking on the unique relationship experiences that can occur while healing after the loss of our loved one(s)
and photographer John Lloyd will capture the evening 
and provide a free, downloadable keepsake photo of you and your companion.

We will be holding a silent auction with items such as Jet Blue Airlines round-trip tickets, Disneyland tickets, hotel stays, gift baskets, amongst others!

*This Is A Formal Event*

Please choose from:

*Vegan Aloo Gobi Masal $55
Crispy Potatoes, Cauliflower, English Peas, Vine Tomatoes, Sautéed with Indian Seasonings, Served on Rice

*Chicken Modena $55
Balsamic-Marinated Breast of Chicken w/ Preserved Cherry Compote, Asparagus Risotto and Grilled Asparagus

*Salmon $60
Wild Alaskan Salmon, Dill Pistachio Pistou, Snap Peas with Mixed Bell Peppers, Summer Herb Basmati Rice

*Filet Mignon $75
Grilled 7 oz. Filet Mignon, Peppercorn Cream Sauce, Yukon Gold White Cheddar Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus

*All dinners are gluten free and include lemonade, salad and freshly-baked artisan bread basket with sweet butter
Full Cash Bar available
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Please join us for our December Support Meetings - Topic is Dealing with Depression

Wednesday, December 14 at Draper Library
7:00-8:30 PM
Tuesday, December 27 at Jordan Valley Hospital
7:30-9:00 PM

Addresses and more information can be found at SPoU.

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December is your last change to order An exclusive piece by "Made by Mary".  
It is a high-quality necklace created in honor of our angel babies.
A portion of sales from this piece will be donated by Made by Mary to Share Parents of Utah. 
Order here.
Plan your holiday gifting NOW!  Makes a memorable gift for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, etc.
                                    
Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted using US-sourced gold filled and sterling silver.  Gold filled is a durable, high-quality alternative to solid gold, and contains 100 times more real gold than gold-plated products.  It won't irritate sensitive skin and, with care, holds up beautifully to daily wear.  Each piece is individually hand-stamped, assembled, polished, and packaged right here in Draper, Utah by Mary and her small team.  Their attention to detail ensures that you'll receive the highest quality product, made with love.

Character Count limits:
*With One Star plus name: 9 characters (right alignment)
*With One Star plus date: 8 characters INCLUDING periods
(right alignment)
*With Two Stars plus name: 6 characters
(right alignment)
*Seven Stars is the maximum (centered)
*Available in Roman Numerals too!
*Only One Side is Stamped*

Necklaces come in your choice of three colors:
14kt gold filled,
14kt rose gold filled,
or sterling silver.
No plating.
17", 18" and 19" long chains with spring clasps
$55

Visit Made by Mary to order today!
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Ben and Lindsay Douglas are fundraising to place another Cuddle Cot in one of our local area hospitals.  They are accepting monetary donations in addition to selling memorial pins.  More information can be found on their website.  We are also accepting donations towards this cause by hash tagging your donation #CuddleCot.



Friday, November 11, 2016

Let Love Light the Way this Holiday Season

Holidays are clearly some of the roughest terrain we navigate after a loss. The ways we handle them are as individual as we are. There are a number of ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays. 

As there are many ways to cope with grief during the holidays, these are some ideas that you may find helpful.  

Have a Plan A/Plan B – Plan A is you go to the Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends. If it doesn’t feel right, have your plan B ready. Plan B may be a movie you both liked or a photo album to look through or a special place you went to together. Many people find that when they have Plan B in place, just knowing it is there is enough.
Cancel the Holiday all together. Yes, you can cancel the Holiday. If you are going through the motions and feeling nothing, cancel them. Take a year off. They will come around again. For others, staying involved with the Holidays is a symbol of life continuing. Let the Holiday routine give you a framework during these tough times.
Try the Holidays in a new way. Grief has a unique way of giving us the permission to really evaluate what parts of the Holidays you enjoy and what parts you don’t. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to handle the Holidays in grief. You have to decide what is right for you and do it. You have every right to change your mind, even a few times. Friends and family members may not have a clue how to help you through the Holidays and you may not either.
It is very natural to feel you may never enjoy the Holidays again. They will certainly never be the same as they were. However, in time, most people are able to find meaning again in the traditions as a new form of the Holiday Spirit grows inside of them. Even without grief, our friends and relatives often think they know how our Holidays should look, what “the family” should and shouldn’t do.
Do's and Don'ts  
  • Do be gentle with yourself and protect yourself.
  • Don’t do more than you want, and don’t do anything that does not serve your soul and your loss.
  • Do allow time for the feelings.
  • Don’t keep feelings bottled up. If you have 500 tears to cry don’t stop at 250.
  • Do allow others to help. We all need help at certain times in our lives.
  • Don’t ask if you can help or should help a friend in grief. Just help. Find ways; invite them to group events or just out for dinner.
  • Do, in grief, pay extra attention to the children. Children are too often the forgotten grievers.
  •  (grief.com)

You have the opportunity to share your baby's name at the Festival of Trees. The volunteers of Share Parents of Utah have created personalized ornaments that you may purchase in your baby's honor. Each ornament is $15 and you may buy ornaments for your home and/or the Festival of Trees.  We will continue to take orders until November 20th.

If you find that this is something that will help you through your journey of grief, please email us at info@shareparentsofutah.org with your baby's name and birthday.  You may send your donation via PayPal -donate@shareparentsofutah.org.  Ornaments will be available for pick up at our November 22nd support meeting between 7:30 and 9 at Jordan Valley Hospital.

Although it is loss that binds us, it is LOVE and LIGHT that keeps us moving forward and supporting one another. May we all find peace as we approach this beautiful time of year.  


We invite you to view our 
Love Lights the Way 
tree at this years Festival of Trees 
benefiting Primary Children's Medical Center 
Wednesday, November 30 through Saturday, December 3
10 AM to 10 PM daily 
at the South Towne Expo Center 
located at 9575 South State Street, Sandy, Utah.  
More details can be found at: Festival of Trees


Friday, September 30, 2016


We invite you to watch and share this interview that is running from October 1-31, 2016 on Comcast Channel 6 Utah.  Share Parents of Utah President, Melannie Green, explains who we are and why we serve our community.

http://comcastnewsmakers.com/2016/09/27/share-parents-utah/

Rights of Parents When a Baby Dies


  1. To be given the opportunity to see, hold, touch, and bathe their baby at any time before and/ or after death within reason.
  2. To have photographs of their baby taken and made available to the parents or held in a secure place until the parents wish to see them.
  3. To be given as many mementos as possible, e.g., crib card, baby beads, ultrasound and / or other photos, lock of hair, baby clothing and blankets, feet and hand prints and/or permanent molds and record of weight and length.
  4. To name their child and bond with him or her.
  5. To observe cultural and religious practices.
  6. To be cared for by an empathetic staff who will respect their feelings, thoughts, beliefs and and individual requests.
  7. To be with each other throughout hospitalization as much as possible.
  8. To be given time alone with their baby, allowing for individual needs.
  9. To be informed of the grieving process.
  10. To be given the option of donating their baby’s cartilage, tissue and/or organs for transplant or donating the baby’s body to science.
  11. To request an autopsy. In the case of miscarriage, to request to have or not have an autopsy or pathology exam as determined by applicable law.
  12. To have information presented in terminology understandable to the parents regarding their baby’s status and cause of death, including autopsy and pathology reports and medical records.
  13. To plan a farewell ritual, burial or cremation in compliance with local and state regulations and according to their personal beliefs, religious or cultural tradition.
  14. To be provided with information on support resources which assist in the healing process, e.g., local support groups, perinatal loss internet support, counseling, reading material and perinatal loss newsletters.
Copyright © 1991 Adapted by Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc., with permission from Women’s College Hospital, Perinatal Bereavement Team, Toronto Ontario Canada. Updated July 2006.

Rights of Parents
Whose Baby Dies Very Early in Pregnancy


Parents who have experienced an early pregnancy loss should have the opportunity:
  1. To be with each other during any tests, procedures or hospitalization as much as possible.
  2. To be cared for by an empathic staff who will respect their feelings, beliefs and individual requests.
  3. To have information presented in terminology understandable to parents regarding their baby’s status and or cause of death (if known), including pathology reports and medical records.
  4. To be told all options and to be given the choice (when medically possible) on how to proceed when their baby has died, such as D&C, natural delivery or delivery induced by medications.
  5. To be able to see and hold their baby and take photographs if possible.
  6. To be given the option to name their baby if they choose to, whether or not the gender is known.
  7. To observe cultural and religious practices the parents feel are appropriate to the situation.
  8. To be informed of the grieving process and to be given referrals and resources that will help them through their grief.
  9. To be offered as many mementos as possible, for example, ultrasound photos, memory box, certificate of life.
  10. To be given information on the facility’s disposition policy and offered choices whenever possible.
  11. To be given options regarding farewell rituals such as a hospital memorial service, a balloon release, or a private burial at home.
  12. To receive follow-up appointments for medical tests and genetic counseling or to review lab test results.
  13. These rights should be granted to parents no matter how early in the pregnancy their loss occurred.


Adapted from “Rights of Parents who Experience and Early Pregnancy Loss” by Perry-Lynn Moffit, co-author of A Silent Sorrow and endorsed by Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. and pregnancy and perinatal loss support groups and leaders nationally.


Rights of the Baby


  1. To be recognized as a person who was born and died.
  2. To be named.
  3. To be seen, touched and held by the family.
  4. To have the end of life acknowledged.
  5. To be put to rest with dignity.

Rights of Children When a Sibling Dies


  1. To be acknowledged as individuals who have feelings that need to be expressed.
  2. To be given the choice to see and hold our sibling before and after the death within reason.
  3. To be considered in the choices parents are given, we may have opinions on such things as plans for funeral, baby’s name, etc.
  4. To be informed about the feelings of grief in our terms, giving us the choice of a support group or counselor.
  5. To be recognized by our society that we will always love and miss our sibling.


UPCOMING EVENTS & SUPPORT MEETINGS





All are welcome to attend our 21st Annual

Walk for Remembrance and Hope


"Love Lights the Way"


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Registration begins at 1:00 PM
Program begins at 1:30 PM

International Peace Gardens
1060 Dalton Ave S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104


Come and enjoy each others company, 
incredible music by Wilford Prater
and the Jordan Youth Choir
and a memorial walk around the gorgeous gardens.

The short walk will be followed by
an honorary name reading
emceed by Surae Chinn and Dan Pope from abc4Utah
and a moving dove release graciously sponsored by
 Utah Infertility Resource Center 

We are doing a second printing of the Custom Share Shirts/Hoodies

It is a TWO (2) step process:
1) Shirts may be ordered here
2) Once you have your order number you submit your baby's name(s) here
    (I filled out this form twice for my twins using the same order number)


We are offering high quality, tri-blend shirts and zip-hoodies
in women's, men's and children's sizes.
They are currently available for order until MIDNIGHT October 9, 2016 and available for pick-up at our November Support Meetings.

Items for sale at the Walk:

We will be taking pre-orders for one-of-a-kind, personalized Christmas ornaments to take home and/or place on the Share Parents of Utah "Love Lights The Way" tree at the 2016 Festival of Trees

Limited quantities available - Ordering is available AT the Walk and then for a few weeks following the Walk (while supplies last).******************************************************************************************************
An exclusive piece by "Made by Mary".  
It is a high-quality necklace created in honor of our angel babies and is exclusive only to our friends with Share Parents of Utah.  A portion of sales from this piece will be donated by Made by Mary to Share Parents of Utah. 
Order here and at the Walk.
Ordering is available AT the Walk and then for three months following the Walk.
Plan your holiday gifting NOW!  Makes a memorable gift for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, etc.
                                    

Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted using US-sourced gold filled and sterling silver. Gold filled is a durable, high-quality alternative to solid gold, and contains 100 times more real gold than than gold-plated products. It won't irritate sensitive skin and, with care, holds up beautifully to daily wear.
Each piece is individually hand stamped, assembled, polished, and packaged right here in Draper, Utah by Mary and her small team. Their attention to detail ensures that you'll receive the highest quality product, made with love.
Character Count limits:
*With One Star plus name: 9 characters (right alignment)
*With One Star plus date: 8 characters INCLUDING periods
(right alignment)
*With Two Stars plus name: 6 characters
(right alignment)
*Seven Stars is the maximum (centered)
*Available in Roman Numerals too!
*Only One Side is Stamped*

                                               
Necklaces come in your choice of three colors:
14kt gold filled,
14kt rose gold filled,
or sterling silver
No plating.

17", 18", and 19" long chains with spring clasp
$55
Visit Made by Mary for more details
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Mini rings, memorial hand & feet pins, keychains and bears
October 1, 2016 is the LAST day to purchase Shopping Extravaganza Tickets

We are trying to eliminate as many bank fees as possible and would love it if you would consider using Venmo when making any purchases or donations to Share Parents of Utah.
Our Venmo account is:  www.venmo.com/ShareParent


Visit the following booths:


 Utah Infertility Resource Center


Ben and Lindsay Dougal are fundraising to place another Cuddle Cot in one of our local, area hospitals.  They will be accepting monetary donations in addition to selling memorial pins.  More information can be found on our website's donate tab or on the website set up by Theo's parents.



Teeny Tears





Each household will be invited to personalize, place along the walking path (unlit) and then take home their very own luminary bag with candle to use on October 15 for the
International Wave of Light Ceremony



Frequently asked questions:

Is there a cost to attend? No, there is no cost to attend and participate in the Walk!  You are welcome to purchase t-shirts, hoodies, and other memorabilia, and all proceeds from these sales help to fund the Walk as well as fund other services Share Parents of Utah provides to the families we serve.

How long is the Walk? The memorial walk utilizes the sidewalk that goes around the beautiful gardens and lasts about 10-15 minutes at a slow/moderate paced walk.

Will seating be provided during the musical portion of the program?  No.  We invite you to bring your own chairs and blankets to relax on during this portion of the event.  Get to know your fellow bereaved parent(s) and feel safe knowing you are surrounded by those who understand, care and will listen.

Will the event be held if it's raining?  YES!  The event will be held rain or shine, so be prepared with an umbrella if the weather is rainy.


This is my first year at the Walk, what can I expect?  When you first arrive at the Walk, there is a registration table set up where you can write your baby/babies names on a card to be read later at the name reading.  You can also pick up your pre-ordered t-shirt at that time as well.  When the program starts, there will be a musical number, followed by name reading, dove release and then the walk itself.  At the end of the memorial walk, you will be able to pick up your memorial luminary.  After the service is over, you can bring a note or a small memento for your baby that is sealed in a vault donated by Larkin Sunset Lawn located just off Foothill Drive and 1300 South, and is opened once a year.  Refreshments will also be provided.  The entire service lasts about an hour.

Do I need to bring anything to the Walk?  You may want to bring a camp/folding chair and /or blanket if you would like.  You may also bring a card, note, or small memento for your baby to be put in the memorial vault at the end of the service.

Who can come with me to the Walk?  Everyone is welcome to attend!  Bring your family, friends, or anyone else who you think might benefit from attending this wonderful event.


Please note that the
Department of Public Services, Salt Lake City Corporations
has stipulated that all patrons of our walk
park on Montague and Fremont Avenues,
 as well any bordering streets, as according to law,
with the exception of 900 West.

You will find the locations of these streets
on the North and South ends of the park
and on the yellow highlighted portions of the map below.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Handicap parking is available for those patrons with proper placards. 





An additional thank you goes out to Plan It Rentals for helping us with our sound system.
Kowallis Electric for helping provide refreshments.

Upcoming Events

Don't miss interviews with Share Parents of Utah
the entire month of October-Utah Channel 6, Xfinity On Demand and https://comcast.box.com/s/f82hh2vwmws1c77oynk8uwlbwfwoao4k





 Join us at the upcoming
4th Annual Shopping Extravaganza
at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain
on October 8, 2016 from 10 AM - 4 PM

Ticket required~Exclusive Discounts
Prizes&Giveaways~Live Music
Swag Bags~Lunch&Dessert provided

This is one of the BIGGEST fundraising events for our non-profit group as $15 from each ticket sold comes back to us!

$20 tickets may be purchased from any
Share Parents of Utah volunteer
or by calling Melannie at 801-864-1040.
LAST DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS
OCTOBER 1, 2016


If you order online, make sure you indicate that this ticket should benefit
Share Parents of Utah
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Participate in the Wave of Light Ceremony
on October 15, 2016
and share your photos with us on our Facebook page!
You are invited to pick up your personalized paper luminary and candle at our Annual Walk on October 1, 2016
(one per household)

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Come see our Share Parents of Utah
"Love Lights the Way" tree at the
Annual Festival of Trees
Wednesday, November 30 through Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day
(do not forget to purchase your own personal ornament as well as one to place on the tree)

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Don't miss our
Third Annual Valentine's Gala
February 9, 2017
at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
(tickets available NOW)
Dr. Matt Townsend will be speaking on the unique relationship experiences that can occur while healing after the loss of our loved one(s)
and photographer John Lloyd will capture the evening
and provide a free, downloadable keepsake photo of you and your companion.
*This Is A Formal Event*

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October Support Meetings

Establishing Memories w/Melannie
(you are invited to bring memories to share)
Although not required, we also invite you to bring a treat or snack that has good memories associated with to share with the group.
NO RSVP required.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
7:00-8:30 PM
Draper Library (NOTICE DIFFERENT LOCATION) 
located at 1136 Pioneer Road, Draper, UT 84020

Establishing Memories w/Heidi & Carma
(you are invited to bring memories to share)
Although not required, we also invite you to bring a treat or snack that has good memories associated with to share with the group.
NO RSVP required
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
7:30-9:00 PM
Jordan Valley Hospital