Walk of Remembrance for Steps Never Taken
Nash Women’s Center hosting 6th annual Celebration of Life
ROCKY MOUNT, North Carolina (September 13, 2018) – The “Walk of Remembrance for Steps Never Taken” is a local celebration of life established to honor all children lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant demise. The 6th annual walk will be held at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, September 30, starting at the Bryant T. Aldridge building on the Nash UNC Health Care campus.
Mary Strickland, director of Nash Women’s Center, said, “The Walk of Remembrance is about celebrating the lives of these precious babies, however short they may have been. It’s also a time of fellowship for parents, grandparents, and siblings. Losing a child is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through, and comfort can sometimes be found in talking with others who have suffered this same loss.”
Karen Joyner, RN, a nurse in Labor & Delivery at Nash Women’s Center, came up with the idea for the Walk of Remembrance. “Each year, there are families who suffer the loss of a baby, and they often grieve in silence,” she said, “Parents with a stillborn baby, or a child who only lived a short time after delivery, will always remember, and sometimes even celebrate birthdays or due dates for many years.”
“Friends and family with good intentions sometimes try to console parents but comments often center on getting over the loss. Instead, most grieving parents prefer to remember and celebrate the child they knew so briefly. Three years after one mother lost her child, she said, ‘Today is my baby’s birthday and nobody remembers him, but me.’ Forgetting is not an option and is one of the many reasons we choose to remember these babies and celebrate life,” Joyner continued.
Parents are encouraged to send their baby’s name and birth date to firstname.lastname@example.org so that it can be added to the honorary banner and read aloud. Families will also be invited to join in a balloon release.
After the ceremony, everyone is invited to take 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.
Anyone in our community with a special place in their heart for these children and their families is invited to join in the walk. Refreshments will be served after the walk. Registration for the event begins at 2:00 pm.
About Nash UNC Health Care
Nash UNC Health Care is a non-profit hospital authority comprised of four licensed hospitals totaling 345 beds: Nash General Hospital, Nash Day Hospital, Coastal Plain Hospital, and the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center. Serving Rocky Mount and surrounding areas, its mission is to provide superior quality health care services and to help improve the health of the community in a caring, efficient and financially sound manner. Nash UNC Health Care is a managed affiliate of UNC Health Care, an integrated health care system comprised of UNC Hospitals and its provider network, UNC Faculty Physicians, UNC Physicians Network, the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine and nine other hospitals and hospital systems across the state.