The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


To name and remember

He died in a car accident at 16. She was 21 and didn't recover from a diabetic coma. And he died before he took his first breath of air.

Hardly a day goes by when they aren't remembered. And they — along with other children — are remembered every year in the stillness of the sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, Wash. This year loved ones will gather Dec. 14 to light candles; listen to a roll call of names, prayers and readings; and share communion. It's one of many such children's memorial services originated by The Compassionate Friends, a national grief support resource.

It's a time for families and friends to honor the love they have for their children and their ongoing grief, says Paul Sundberg, a pastor of Trinity.

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