Memorials & Tributes

Impact the Lives of Patients Today and for Years to Come

The Foundation offers a variety of ways to contribute to the work we do while honoring the memory of a cherished loved one, showing appreciation to a special caregiver, recognizing joyous events such as the birth of a new child, and more. See all of our memorial and tribute options below.

Honor A Caregiver

Grateful Patient & Family Program

A great way to honor a caregiver who has been especially meaningful to you is to make a donation in their honor to any Foundation fund or program. The Foundation will acknowledge your gift by sending a card to the employee, letting them know that you have made a donation to a particular fund or program in their honor. 

Of particular significance for employees is the “Employee Assistance Fund,” which aids employees who face a disaster situation like fire, flood or personal/family injury. Your donation would honor your caregiver and support Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) staff when they need help.

Tree of Life

​A Special Recognition for Babies

Celebrate new life while bringing a healthier life to our community. The Tree of Life is a symbolic, permanent recognition wall just outside the Labor and Delivery Department at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Each leaf-shaped, custom brass nameplate is engraved with the full name, weight and date of birth of every baby honored with a Tree of Life Membership.

How to Order

To honor your baby, your grandchild or a baby born to a special relative or friend, simply contact the Foundation office at (931) 783-2003, or deliver or mail the following to the CRMC Foundation office:

  • Baby's name and date of birth
  • Parents' names, address and phone number
  • Donor's name, address, phone number and email
  • Check for $50

The Foundation will acknowledge your gift with a personalized letter to the baby's parents.

A Better Life for Others

Your $50 Tree of Life gift to the CRMC Foundation will provide vitally needed medical services for pediatric patients in need.

Memorial Path

Bricks of Celebration and Honor

Has a friend or loved one touched your life in a special way? The Foundation at CRMC is offering the opportunity to honor them by engraving their name on one of the 4,000 solid clay bricks that will line the paths of the CRMC Foundation Memorial Garden. It's a unique way to create a lasting memorial to someone special in your life and to help hospice patients and their families in the Upper Cumberland.

Please consider celebrating the life of a special someone by purchasing a brick that will become a permanent part of the history of the CRMC Memorial Garden. Visitors, patients and their families who visit the garden will admire your remembrance. Your gift will serve both as a tribute to your loved one and as a symbol of life. This timeless memento can be purchased with a tax-deductible gift of $150 per 4"x8" brick.

Two lines of text may be placed on each brick, with up to 12 characters per brick (including spaces). Please email to place a brick order. 

Healing Gardens

In addition to ongoing grounds improvements that beautify the CRMC campus, the Foundation has established three gardens. The Cancer Center Healing Garden is viewable from windows inside the infusion suite within the Cancer Center. The beautifully maintained garden brings hope and peace to hundreds of patients dealing with a cancer diagnosis each year. The Women's Center, just outside the Outpatient Imaging Center entrance, features a garden that includes many roses and hydrangeas. Finally, the Memorial Garden and Path sits between the main CRMC entrance and the Cancer Center entrance. The Memorial Path includes brick pavers that may be customized to honor a loved one.

Angel Garden

In the summer of 2015, the Foundation established an Angel Garden in the Cookeville City Cemetery as a place to honor, remember, and grieve children who pass away in the early stages of life.

It is difficult to imagine, but a few times each year, the remains of premature, stillborn or even short-lived infants become the responsibility of Cookeville Regional Medical Center to care for. The reasons for this are varied and emotional for everyone involved. Sometimes families simply cannot afford burial; other times, they struggle to process the emotions of having lost a child. Remains are cremated and placed into handcrafted wooden caskets donated by local artists. Markers are placed on the site of each grave, and a large communal headstone reads:

“Here we rest. The hands not held, the silenced cries, the dreams unfulfilled. Though our lives were brief, love eternal is given us not for great deeds or the number of our days, but just by being. We were here. Living creatures. Children. We were a part of this world and dwell now in the hearts of those we left behind. For our mothers, fathers and families who must hold hope within and walk through this life without us; we ask for peace, comfort and strength. Here we rest, together, and peacefully wait for a reunion beyond pain, fear and doubt; in the world that is to come.”

–The Children of the Angel Garden

Children interred at the Angel Garden will include those who do not come to full term and pass away at the hospital. These children are more than “products of conception.” These children, though short-lived, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. With your help, the Angel Garden will become the final resting place for infants who pass away due to natural causes or medical complication in the early, unborn stages of life. It will also be a place of rest available for infants born with a terminal condition and for infants who pass away early in life.   

You can help. A gift of $150 will enable the Foundation to properly honor and bury one infant who passes away too early. A gift of $1,500 will sponsor all burials for one year. Any gift you can provide will help us to provide a compassionate, honorable space for these children to rest and for families to mourn.