SUDC Family Day 2020

SUDC Family Day was held on September 26, 2020

Online Activities 8:00 a.m. ET to 12:30 p.m. ET: Registered members can access the full recordings of the events by emailing [email protected]. The keynote presentation can be found on this page

Additional Activities: Where permitted, we helped bring together two registered families for a local family gathering (picnic or similar).

Registration has Closed

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Family Day Schedule of Events


Online Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

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Family Yoga: 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Led by Carolina Garcia & Luis Gajardo, certified yoga instructors

Welcome: 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by Laura Gould Crandall, SUDC Foundation Co-founder and President (retired)

Keynote Speaker: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“The Power of Words: Kind Communication and Grief” presented by Jeannette Maré, Kindness Expert and Communication Scholar

Memorial Jar Craft Showcase: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Led by Amanda Brindle, SUDC Foundation Family Services Coordinator, family members are invited to take turns sharing their memorial lantern with fellow SUDC families

Break: 11:00 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.


Parents’ Panel Discussion: 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.*

“Coping with the Holidays” featuring insights from SUDC parents

Kids’ Activity: 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.*

Led by staff from Turtle Back Zoo, featuring guided visits with some of your favorite zoo friends

Closing Program: 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

*Please note that these events are occurring concurrently. You will be provided a separate link for the kids’ event. If you plan to attend both events, please ensure you have two devices available!


Family gatherings were held on Saturday, September 26.

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Leominster, MA
Harrison, NY
Milford, CT
Lawrenceville, NJ

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Pittsburgh, PA
St. Paul, MN
West Orange, NJ
Staten Island, NY

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Hillsboro, OR
Oak Creek, WI
Knoxville, TN

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This includes: A family craft, name tags, schedule of the day, information on your local gathering (if occurring) and membership in the SUDC Foundation Family Day Facebook group.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Premier SponsorshipGenerously supported by the Vivienne’s Joy Foundation.

Enable hope and provide a day of joy for families affected by SUDC. The SUDC Family Day creates a place for families to connect with one another from across the globe! A day filled with educational sessions specifically designed for bereaved families and picnic style gatherings is offered free of charge to all registrants

Funding Need: $5,000.00

Local Family GatheringsGenerously supported by the Moss Pieratt Foundation, Trevors Toes and Tushies and Friends in memory of Jenna Caffrey.

SUDC Families will be encouraged to gather in small local groups as permitted by guidelines set forth within their own communities. The SUDC Foundation will provide funds toward a picnic style lunch and beverages.

Funding Need: Additional donations appreciated

SUDC Welcome Kit and CraftGenerously supported by the Alexander Michael Dodson Memorial Fund.

A unique craft experience and welcome bag especially designed for SUDC Families. Each family will be provided a welcome bag filled with needs for the day including a craft kit to complete prior to Family Day. During the morning break families will be invited to share the craft lovingly made in memory of their SUDC child.

Funding Need: $1,500

Keynote Speaker: Janette Mare Generously supported by the Slade Dozier Foundation.

Jeannette is known locally as “the kindness lady”. She is a communication scholar, currently pursuing her PhD, who has been teaching kindness for over 20 years. Her world changed drastically after the sudden death of her son in 2002.Using humor and storytelling, Jeannette will share her experiences with kindness and grief and how we can work together to make our relationships stronger and more connected by improving our kind communication skills.

Funding Need: $1,500.00

Children’s Therapeutic ActivitiesGenerously supported by the Lily Jo Memorial Fund and the Baranello Family.

Children and teens grieve differently than adults. Children who are participating Family Day with their parents will have the opportunity to participate and engage with one another in their own an age appropriate Saturday morning activity led by a professional educator.

Funding Need: $1000.00

Adult Yoga SessionsGenerously supported by the Caffrey Family.

Awaken your soul with light exercise for a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses as you witness the beautiful sunrise from your own location. The class will help develop inner awareness and focus attention on the body’s abilities at the present moment.

Funding Need: $250.00

Family Day Program SupportGenerously Supported by the Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation.

Hosting Family Day requires many hours of staff planning and oversight. We are confident our families will enjoy the educational and interesting programming designed to enhance community and decrease isolation of those affected by SUDC.

Funding Need: $1,500

Virtual Event Production Services – Generously Supported by the Moss Pieratt Foundation.

A virtual event of this size requires assistance from a professional production specialist to ensure our families are able to fully benefit from an authentic online experience. The virtual program aspects of Family Day would not be possible with this generous support.

Funding Need: $1,200

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