The The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County invites bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends to register now for a 1-mile “Walk to Remember” at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22.
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 640 chapters in the United States, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The local event is being held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends National Walk to Remember in Costa Mesa, Calif., where as many as 1,500 are expected to participate. Dozens of chapters across the country are expected to join in concurrent walks throughout the day.
The local walk will start East Harbor State Park’s Lakeview Shelter at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Following the walk, there will be a balloon release and potluck lunch.
“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 1-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 Hickman at 419-308-4690 to receive a registration form. Registration is $10 and pre-registered 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 at Peace Lutheran Church the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. For information, call Hickman at 419-308-4690. For information about the national organization and other chapter locations, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website at www.compassionatefriends.org. The Compassionate Friends has a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide.