Each year, Cottage Health System remembers and honors the children of the community whose lives have ended.

Titled “Circle of Remembrance,” the memorial event is a gathering of parents, siblings, friends, staff, volunteers and physicians to acknowledge, in an intimate setting, the meaning, value and celebration of lives that have touched our hearts all too briefly, yet in very profound ways.

This service recognizes those lives lost from pre-term pregnancy through 21 years of age.

Anyone whose life has been affected by the loss of a child is invited to attend the Circle of Remembrance, a memorial service for all faiths and traditions, to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Burtness Auditorium on the first floor of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (enter at Castillo Street). A reception will follow.

For more information, call the Cottage Health System Department of Spiritual Care at 805.569.8386.

— Maria Zate is the marketing and public affairs manager for Cottage Health System.