• Pregnancy Loss Services

  • There is no soul too small to leave an imprint on your heart...

    Our Pregnancy Loss Services at Littleton Adventist Hospital are here to support you in your hour of need. We cater our services to families during and after the loss of their unborn child or loss of their newborn. We also provide hospice support for families who choose to continue with their pregnancy after receiving the heart-breaking news of a fatal prenatal diagnosis. Hope and loving support for the journey ahead are just the beginning of what we wish to provide for you. Our team of experienced, compassionate nurses, doctors and chaplains are dedicated to your support.

    To learn more contact 303-738-5298.

    Synopsis of Water Bugs & Dragonflies

    By Doris Stickney

    Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were contentedly going about their business, and every so often one of the members of the happy colony would climb up the stem of a pond lily and gradually move out of sight. The friends of that water bug would watch and wait for the return of the member of their group, but it never came to be.

    "That's funny!" said one water bug to another. "Wasn't she happy here?" asked a second water bug. "Where do you supposed she went?" wondered a third. No one had an answer.

    The colony came together and promised one another that the next time somebody left the colony they would come back and tell everyone where they went. Soon, another water bug began to climb up the lily stalk, up through the surface of the water, and landed on a lily pad. Weary from his journey, he slept. Later, he awoke and was astonished at the change to his body. He now had four silver wings and a long tail. He began to use his new wings to fly. Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He had become a dragonfly. Remembering his promise to return and explain everything to the colony, he flew over to meet them and tried to dart into the water below but bounced off of its surface. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water. He thought for a moment, 'Even if I could go back nobody would recognize me in my new body.' So the dragonfly flew off into the warmth of the wonderful new world of sun and air with the hope of reuniting in the sky someday with all the members of his colony.

  • Spiritual care, encouragement and counsel are a few of the comforts our spiritual care staff has to offer in your time of grief. Our trained professionals are here to help support and care for you regardless of your beliefs, cultural background or faith traditions. We are happy to help you find a trained professional from the faith domination of your choosing. We have a deeply compassionate pastoral staff available at the hospital.

    Our spiritual care team offers:

    • Daily visits with most, if not all, medical and surgical patients
    • 24-hour emergency intervention for patients and their families
    • Spiritual counseling with active listening
    • Community referrals
    • Holy Communion for our Catholic friends provided by Eucharistic Ministers from the parishes of St. Thomas Moore, St. Francis Cabrini, Light of the World and St. Marks

    For questions and concerns regarding pregnancy loss spiritual care please call 303-738-7744.

    Offering hope for the journey.

    Her name was Pearl and though her time on earth was all too brief, her legacy lives on through String of Pearls, a non-profit dedicated to providing a nurturing and safe place for families as they navigate the path following a fatal prenatal diagnosis that will result in the death of their baby prior to, or shortly after birth.

    When our journey here on earth with Pearl was over my Dr, who is also a personal friend said to us, "Now I see why you did this the way you did." A precious friend, who is also a Labor and Delivery nurse and couldn't understand at the beginning why we continued with the pregnancy, said to me, "I understand why you did this and now I see why you love her so much. I would never tell anyone to terminate after a fatal diagnosis again."  Read more of Pearl's Story.

    A Word From the Founder and President of String of Pearls

    Dear Parents,

    Let me say how honored I am you have chosen String of Pearls to walk with you on this journey. If you find yourself reading this, you or someone you love has found the joyful anticipation of the birth of a baby has turned into a time of confusion and hopelessness. We are here to let you know you are not alone.

    String of Pearls was created out of a need to support families who find themselves on the darkest road they have ever walked. We have walked this road and there were days we felt so alone. Our desire is that families are able to have a place where they can feel supported and loved as they walk on this journey of saying hello and goodbye all in one breath. We want to walk with you each moment of this difficult journey. We can offer you practical guidance and compassion as you make plans to honor your baby's precious life. We will be here every step, helping to calm the confusion and offer hope for the journey.

    Laura Huene BSN, RN
    Founder and President

    Mission Statement

    String of Pearls was created to provide a nurturing and safe place for families as they navigate the path following a fatal prenatal diagnosis that will result in the death of their baby prior to, or shortly after birth. The path between grief and hope is a difficult place to walk; our desire is to provide guidance, compassion and practical suggestions as plans to honor the life of pre-born babies are crafted. Each life has a story worthy of telling and we are here for support as stories are lovingly written.

    If you or someone you know is in need of our services, please contact us at:
    stringofpearlsonline.org or laura@stringofpearlsonline.org


    Each life, no matter how short, has a story to tell. Our perinatal loss remembrance services are a way for you and your family to share your memories and heal through the process of memorializing and honoring your lost loved one. This can be an important step in your personal grief process.

    After the service, we invite you to stay for refreshments and fellowship. We also encourage you to place a picture, message, saying or poem in our scrapbook and visit our resources table to find ideas to offer you guidance, compassion and hope as you journey through this most difficult of times. Our chaplains are also available to meet with you near our chapel.

    Look for our next event December 2017.

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