The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County invites bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends to register now for a one-mile “Walk to Remember” Sunday, July 20, at 1 p.m.
As the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope to families that have experienced the death of a child. There are more than 650 chapters in the United States, including all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The local event is patterned after The Compassionate Friends National Walk to Remember® in Chicago, Illinois, where as many as 1,500 are expected to participate. Dozens of chapters across the country are expected to hold a local Walk to Remember during 2014.
The local Walk will start at Lakeview Park Shelter House beginning with registration at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. Following the Walk, there will be a balloon launch and potluck.
“You do not need to be a member of The Compassionate Friends to join with us and you do not need to walk the full one mile,” says chapter leader Roseann Hickman. “We welcome everyone who wants to join hands and hearts in remembering all children who have died too soon.”
Anyone interested in walking should call Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690 to receive a registration form. Registration is $10 and walkers will receive a special Compassionate Friends walk t-shirt, as well as a walk bib to record the names of those being remembered. Participants are encouraged to seek pledges that will go to the local chapter to support outreach and chapter activities.
The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County meets Peace Lutheran Church the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690. For more information about the national organization and other chapter locations, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website at compassionatefriends.org. The Compassionate Friends has a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide.