Annual Events Honor Babies Lost during Miscarriage or Birth
Losing a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn birth can be devastating to parents. The annual Walk to Remember on Sun., Oct. 1, will honor these special children while providing hope and healing to families.
Registration for the walk at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, 4815 N. Lynndale Drive, Appleton, begins at 12:30 p.m. The approximate one-mile walk starts at 1 p.m. In addition to the walk, a short meditation and music will be featured. A tree will also be planted in honor of all the children lost and refreshments will be served.
This year’s event will be held at Bubolz’ Sugar Shack due to construction at the nature preserve’s main building. The event will be held rain or shine.
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and participating in the walk is a tradition for many families, said Joan Gruenstern, who works with Remembering Through Sharing, a support group for parents who experience a miscarriage or infant loss. “Many people who lose their children, especially when the loss happened during miscarriage, do not get the chance to express their grief and remember their children,” she said. “The Walk to Remember provides families with a time to celebrate their children and remember the special place they hold in their hearts. We want families to leave with a sense of healing and peace.”
Families are welcome to attend whether their loss is recent or happened years ago.
The Walk to Remember is sponsored by ThedaCare’s Remembering Through Sharing Program, Ascension Wisconsin and Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin-Infant Death Center.
For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,800 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 34 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.