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  Tribute - Shirley Choy-Marshall  
 

At HAND we come together to help each other mourn the loss of our dear children, gone too soon. No one was more dedicated to this community we've created than Shirley Choy-Marshall, who we recently lost, also too soon; she lost her fight with breast cancer on May 9th at the young age of 45.

Shirley always had grace, a sincere smile, creative ideas, and a ready, helping hand. After attending many grief meetings herself over the years, she joined HAND's board and eagerly helped in every possible way, facilitating subsequent pregnancy meetings and putting in hours of preparation to help make Holiday Craft nights and annual Services of Remembrance be so successful.

We at HAND mourn Shirley's loss, and at the same time we want to honor her legacy. As she always put others first and helped countless families begin to heal after losses, so may we continue to selflessly reach out and help each other in our grief journeys. We wish peace to Shirley's husband, Ray, and two young sons, Aidan and Shea, as well as peace to all of you.

 
     
 
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We are so sorry that your precious baby died. As parents, we do not expect to outlive our children. The death of a child robs us of a lifetime of enjoying a unique and irreplaceable piece of ourselves. More...

 
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quilt square 3Each quilt square memorializes an individual child, but the quilts, as a whole, serve to bring awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss to the public. Learn more...

 
 
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