Established in 1978, Edmarc was the first hospice in the nation designed specifically for children. Edmarc seeks to ease the trauma of a child’s illness or death, and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss and bereavement on families in Hampton Roads. One child at a time. Edmarc provides help to families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and to families who have had a child pass away. Our goal is to help keep the family intact during and after the worst crisis a family can ensure, the critical illness and death of a child. We work to minimize the long-term ill effects of parental and sibling bereavement. We strive to maximize family involvement in decision making and care planning to the levels and in ways which each individual family finds comfortable.
Without the generosity of our giving volunteers, Edmarc would be unable to provide many of the quality services we offer to seriously ill children and their families. Volunteers give comfort, strength and encouragement and offer valuable companionship to Edmarc clients during very challenging times. More importantly, their support reminds patients and their families that they are not alone.