Sentara Norfolk General, 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk, VA 23507
Kennedy’s Angel Gowns signed a $50,000 proposal with Sentara Foundation to raise funds for a bereavement room at Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia.
This room is the first of its kind in the state (maybe even in the nation). The Butterfly Room is 12-foot by 10-foot room providing comfortable space for grieving patients who experience perinatal loss at Norfolk General Hospital.
In the serene setting, parents are given the gift of time to hold, connect, and create a lasting memory with their baby. The room is located in the administrative area to offer privacy for grieving patients and families.
The special cooling device called the Cuddle Cot™ helps preserve a baby up to several days. This allows more time for bereaved parents to stay with their infant. Without this device parents have mere minutes to hours to say goodbye.
This extra time gifted to parents comforts them, helps them through grief, and promotes emotional healing.