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BIRMINGHAM (Dec. 6, 2011) The Amelia Center, a comprehensive community grief-counseling center at Children’s of Alabama, will host the 15th-annual commemoration of National Children’s Memorial Day  on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Children’s Bradley Lecture Center (corner of 6th Avenue South and 16th Street).

The program and candlelight vigil will be a time to remember children who have died too soon and to cherish their memories.  As the children’s names are read, the participating attendees will light candles to remember and celebrate the gift of life, no matter how brief. 

Reservations are not required.  Persons interested in having their child’s name included in the “Reading of the Names” may call The Amelia Center at 205-212-7481.  For more information, visit The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama sponsors the local event for bereaved families and friends.  Each year, hundreds of family members gather to remember their loved ones during the holiday season.  

In 1998, Congress proclaimed the second Sunday of December as National Children’s Memorial Day.  This resolution acknowledges that the death of an infant, child, teenager or young adult is considered to be one of the greatest tragedies that a parent or family will ever endure during a lifetime and that a supportive environment, empathy and understanding are considered critical factors in the healing process of a family that is coping with and recovering from the loss of a loved one.

“Holidays are especially difficult times for those who have experienced the death of a child,” said Robert Smith, Executive Director of The Amelia Center.  “It is important to parents that their children be remembered.”

The Amelia Center is a comprehensive, community grief-counseling center designated as a place of hope for grieving children, parents and their families.

Children's of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the nationIt is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs.