The Angel Garden

at Virtua Voorhees

The Angel Garden at Virtua Voorhees is a peaceful outdoor sanctuary for parents who have lost a baby – a place to go to honor the short lives they had. It is full of trees and flowers and a water wall where the names of angel babies will live on. A special angel statue overlooks the garden, always protecting the babies honored there.

The Angel Garden at Virtua Voorhees is open to anyone who has lost a baby, even if they were not a patient at Virtua. Since there is no other memorial like this in the Virtua system, or even in South Jersey, it is a unique and meaningful place to heal.

Stories of Hope and Inspiration


When parents lose a baby at birth, the experience is simply indescribable. The thoughts and emotions that follow take parents on a long and winding path toward healing that, for some, never fully ends. Parents cope in their own personal ways, but for many, there is a common experience that can help to mend a broken heart – seeing their baby’s name written, somewhere other than on a still born certificate.

“I think it really gives validity that they had a life,” explains Ann Coyle, a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Virtua Voorhees. Coyle also leads the “Hoping” support group for families who have lost a baby or child.

“People who go on to have healthy babies see their names everywhere,” she says. “A lot of the parents [who lose babies] are young and may not even have money to bury their babies, so they never see their baby’s name written anywhere.”

The Angel Garden at Virtua Voorhees ensures parents have that opportunity.

Years in the making, the Angel Garden is peaceful outdoor sanctuary for parents to go to remember their babies and honor the short lives they had. It is full of trees and flowers and a water wall where the names of angel babies will live on.

“It is wonderful to have it in a garden, surrounded by life,” says Coyle.

The Angel Garden at Virtua Voorhees is open to anyone who has lost a child, even if they were not a patient at Virtua. Since there is no other memorial like this in the Virtua system, or even in South Jersey, it is l be a unique and meaningful place to heal.

Coyle was inspired to create an Angel Garden at Virtua after seeing a similar concept at a hospital in the Midwest. The families she works with, those most affected by the loss of a child, raised more than $20,000 in a true grassroots effort to establish this special memorial.

Virtua Foundation donors support their vision by selling plaques and presenting donors with the opportunity to make larger gifts to offset the cost of maintaining the site and to help families who lack financial resources to purchase a plaque.

If you would like to support the Angel Garden at Virtua Voorhees or if you would like information on establishing a plaque on the wall, click here.

Virtua Foundation

303 Lippincott Drive, 4th Floor
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856-355-0830

Fax: 856-355-0831
vhf@virtua.org

 

 

Virtua Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to enhancing Virtua's mission through philanthropy.

 

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