Walk to Remember

Another way families that have had a loss can receive support is through the Coalition’s “Walk to Remember”. This event is held each year in October to observe National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The Walk is dedicated to our local grieving families and to their departed children (no matter how long ago or recently the loss occurred). All families and their friends in the community are welcome to participate at no cost.

 

The event is always held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located at 1700 North Meridian Road and includes:

  • Non-denominational service
  • Reading of babies’ names
  • Candle light walk around Lake Ella
  • Child care
  • Refreshments

What to Expect at Walk to Remember

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., family members are encouraged to write a message on a remembrance quilt square to honor their loved one. Food and beverages will be served during this time. Guests also have the opportunity to have their babies’ names read aloud during the memorial service held in the sanctuary. Typically a prominent Leon County official will read the County’s proclamation concerning Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Grief counselors are provided at the reception

At 7:30, a candlelit ceremony takes place as participants walk around Lake Ella paying tribute to their lost babies. Each family receives a carnation once they have completed the walk. Bagpipes play “Amazing Grace”. Performers usually include the Tallahassee Pipe Band and Voces Angelorum. Child care is provided by the church in the nursery.

“Although organized and sponsored by Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition (CAHSC), Walk to Remember is very much a community event – an opportunity for all of us to take time and honor the memories which families and friends hold dear of their beloved, lost during pregnancy or infancy,” explains Alisa Ghazvini, Past President of CAHSC. “It provides a way for us to support each other, to acknowledge the terrible impact of infant mortality, and to commit to bringing awareness of this issue and being part of the solution for our community.”

 “Walk to Remember gives parents the opportunity to honor the babies they have lost,” says Kristy Goldwire, former Executive Director of Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition. “At this event, families come together to share their stories and help one another cope with the pain of losing a baby.”