FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — FHN’s 35th annual Walk to Remember, a special ceremony for parents and families who have lost a baby (through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn loss) to share their grief and remember their loved one, will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19 precautions.
Families are asked to take some time to walk together in honor of their loved one between Sept. 4 and Sept. 18. All who register online by Sept. 18 will receive an ornament and a link to a small virtual ceremony to be made available to participants. There is no charge to take part in this remembrance event, and families are encouraged to share photos of their own walk for remembrance.
The ceremony will feature a welcome, song, prayer and blessing, and (with families’ permission) a reading of each child’s name from the ornaments placed on the Infant Memorial Tree located across Lincoln Blvd. from Bidwell Park. Families are invited to remove their child’s ornament from the tree between Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 and decorate it as a keepsake.
A Walk to Remember, named for a poem by Kathie Mayo on the subject of losing a child, is an annual event held both to honor those lost and comfort those left behind.
To RSVP or for more information on the Walk to Remember, visit www.fhn.org/walktoremember or call Barb Lessman at 815-801-4195.
FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.