October 9, 2012
A Walk to Remember scheduled at Maury County Park
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Where do you find the words to console a parent who has lost an infant child?
“There is no simple answer to that question but our hope is that A Walk to Remember, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at Maury County Park, will bring some comfort to those who have experienced this tragedy,” said Christy Harris.
Harris was formerly the nurse manager of the Labor and Delivery Unit at Maury Regional Medical Center and is one of the organizers of A Walk to Remember. The event will be an opportunity for local parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death to symbolically join with thousands of other parents, health professionals, family members and friends to honor babies who have died during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
“The sad facts are that there is a newborn death for every 100 births, a stillbirth in every 100 deliveries and one miscarriage for every five pregnancies. Each of these babies changed lives and touched hearts,” said Harris. “That’s why we created A Walk to Remember, where we gather to celebrate and honor the babies we carry in our hearts. We remember the joy they brought into our lives and the love they left there. We understand the sadness we feel for children lost decades ago, and the grief of parents whose loss is more recent.”
A Walk to Remember will consist of a prayer, walk and candlelight ceremony. Maury Regional Medical Center is one of many throughout the country planning walks, sponsoring candlelight vigils and organizing other community activities during the month of October, which has been designated as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
Participants will meet at the Maury County Park Kiwanis Pavilion. The event is open to any parent or family in the region who has experienced a loss. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming involved in this project may call 931.490.7090 for more information.