Walk to Remember Scheduled in Recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
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Chester River Hospital Center’s Maternity Department is hosting its 4th annual Walk to Remember on Saturday, October 9, at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of this event is to honor and remember babies who have died through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Parents who have experienced this type of loss, along with their families and friends, are invited to participate, along with the healthcare professionals who care for these families.
The evening will begin with a short meet and greet in the hospital’s conference center. Next, guests will gather in the hospital courtyard for a remembrance ceremony where prayers and stories will be shared, followed by the lighting of votive candles and a brief walk around the hospital campus. Afterwards, dinner will be served in the conference center, prepared by the Maternity Department staff.
October was proclaimed National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. “This national observance offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies,” says Debbie Burke, BSN, RNC, director of women and children’s services at Chester River Hospital Center. “It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members and help them work through their grief."
The Walk to Remember, which is being coordinated by Burke and bereavement coordinators Kristi Lehman, RN, and Yvonne Fenwick, Patient Care Technician, will be held rain or shine. If you wish to attend, please pre-register, since dinner is included in the event this year. To register and for more information about the Walk to Remember, please call 410 778-7668, ext. 2200.