Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Walk to Remember planned for this Saturday Oct 13 in La Crosse

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (, and near that date a walk to remember is planned in many areas, including in La Crosse. I have attended many years since Emily's birth/death, but was unable to make it the last couple of years. Both Shawn and I plan to attend this Saturday.

Here is the information from the news release on the Gundersen website:

A Walk to Remember is a national event dedicated to the more than 700,000 babies who die each year through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. The event recognizes families for their strength and raises public awareness about perinatal loss.The walk is Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at 1 p.m. It will commence from the main shelter in Myrick Park in La Crosse. This event is free and open to parents, grandparents, siblings, extended family and friends whose lives have been touched by the death of a baby. The public is also invited to help support the bereaved families. A brief program will kick off the event. After the walk there will be refreshments and family activities.

And below is one of the readings that will be done during the short program held before the walk (I have the program ahead of time because I'm on the committee). I haven't decided if I'll volunteer to read anything this year yet or not, but this particular reading is really speaking to me today.

“Life is Like a Butterfly” by Geraldine Reeves

Life is like a butterfly.
Softly, softly…
One never knows why…
It touches your cheek, then says, “goodbye.”

Fragile and sweet, like blooming flowers
Life’s loves and trials last only the hours
That they touch your heart, then say “goodbye”
Life is like a butterfly.

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