UAMS, Roller Funeral Homes Dedicate Memorial to Pregnancy and Infant Loss

By Benjamin Waldrum

Ranata Jenkins Byler, owner of Roller Funeral Homes, who helped fund the Love Lives Memorial, spoke at the dedication.

Renata Jenkins Byler, owner of Roller Funeral Homes, who helped fund the Love Lives Memorial, spoke at the dedication.

Love Lives, the UAMS perinatal bereavement program, worked with Roller Funeral Homes to establish the memorial garden as a final resting place for some. For others, it may be a consecrated place of quiet reflection where families and loved ones may come to feel close to their precious little ones whom they will always remember.

Neonatologist Sara Peeples, M.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine, said establishing the memorial garden recognizes that these losses have a profound and lasting impact on families.

Parents can visit the Love Lives Memorial for a time of reflection on the little ones they lost.

Parents can visit the Love Lives Memorial for a time of reflection on the little ones they lost.

“We would like to thank Roller and all of our community partners for supporting these families affected by perinatal loss,” said Peeples. “It is our hope that this becomes a place of comfort and healing for those who have been touched by unspeakable and immeasurable loss. Together we can inspire hope as we bring awareness to the issues surrounding perinatal loss and the need for ongoing community support.”

Renata Jenkins Byler, third-generation owner of Roller Funeral Homes, said the memorial is a gift to the families served by Roller Funeral Homes and UAMS.

“It has always been our calling to serve families ‘With All Our Respect’ during one of the saddest days of their lives,” said Byler. “Our wonderful friends at UAMS often serve these very same families. That is why this partnership is so special. Two separate ‘work families’ coming together with the same heart to give back. We hope that this memorial will serve as a place of peace and remembrance for our most precious little ones and their families.”

The bereavement program provides personalized care through family-centered support for those who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. It provides the families with everlasting keepsakes as a remembrance of their baby, as well as education and ongoing support to help each family member as they journey through the grieving process.

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