Walk of Remembrance for Steps Never Taken
The “Walk of Remembrance for Steps Never Taken” is a local celebration of life that was established to honor all children lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. The 5th annual walk was held on Sunday afternoon, September 24, on the Nash UNC Health Care campus.
Each year many families suffer from the loss of a baby, and they often grieve in silence. Parents whose child was stillborn or who only lived a short while, will always remember those birthdays, and some will even celebrate them. Women, who have suffered the loss of a baby by miscarriage, and fathers will grieve on due dates.
Well-meaning friends and extended family sometimes try to console parents but comments often center on “getting over” the loss.
The Walk of Remembrance is truly different. It is about celebrating life. The lives of these children, however brief they may have been, are precious and dear, and should never be forgotten.
As names of the children were read, parents, siblings, and other family members came forward and blew bubbles skyward in remembrance of their child. This solemn ceremony was followed by the short, symbolic walk for “footsteps never taken.” In addition to honoring these precious little ones, this event also helps participants more fully appreciate their loved ones and to share their love with family, friends, and all people.
The staff members at Nash Women’s Center understand how important it is to celebrate and honor these precious lives. Anyone in our community with a special place in their heart for these children and their families was invited to join with them. Special music was provided by ekklasia during registration and fellowship time and refreshments were served after the walk.
A special thanks goes out to all those at Nash Women’s Center who planned and prepared for this 5th annual Walk of Remembrance ceremony.