Posted by vanessa on April 28, 2017
The death of a child is a tragic, life altering event, and New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital acknowledges this with a yearly bereavement service, an effort to help families and friends cope with this incredibly difficult loss.
This year, as part of her leadership project, Aashika Suseendran, CUDPT 2018, has been collaborating with the Hospital’s music therapist, Missy Hall, and child life specialist Wanda Velez, in organizing the hospital’s 3rd annual Bereavement Service. The event, held on April 30th, included a vigil, poetry reading, and a chamber music homage to the children who passed away while at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Aashika gave a brief speech and conducted the music portion of the event, providing vocals and original piano accompaniment.
Students, faculty and members of the Columbia University community attended the Bereavement Service to honor the lives of the departed children, and to join their families in solidarity. Aashika summed up her experience. "Hearing from the families that the memorial service brought them a sense of reminiscence and closure was more than we hoped for. It was an honor to collaborate with a team to bring family-centerd care full circle."
|From left to right: Kathleen White (RN) Wanda Valdez (Child Life Specialist), Aashika Suseendran (DPT II Student), Missy Hall (Music Therapist)|