FIRST ANNUAL WALK FOR HOPE AND REMEMBRANCE A GREAT SUCCESS!
Over 80 people attended Share Southern Vermont’s First Annual Walk for Remembrance & Hope on Saturday, May 9th, 2009, walking along the Toonerville Trail.
Jeff Hunsberger, founder of The SIMON Project, acted as Master of Ceremonies. More than $1500 was raised, with all proceeds benefiting Share Southern Vermont, Inc. as they support local grieving families.
The annual Share Walk for Remembrance & Hope provides families who have experienced a miscarriage or death of an infant with an opportunity for their children to be openly acknowledged and remembered amongst family, friends and other bereaved families.
The morning began with a brief welcome by Cara Tyrrell, SSV’s Founding Director and Board President. The memorial included poetry and song as the crowd remembered their babies lost too soon. As one hundred-twelve honored babies’ names were read, Paul Ippolito provided acoustic guitar musical accompaniment.
Registered walkers wore event t-shirts, some personalized with special commemorations of their loss. After the ceremony, participants followed a two-mile walk along the trail, stopping at the one mile mark to receive a ‘footprints on my heart’ ribbon and balloon. The walk ended back in the open green where families connected and enjoyed lunch, donated by local businesses.
The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. At Share, bereaved parents find comfort in friendship, strength in shared experiences and hope for healing and happiness. Share provides bereavement education and training to professionals, clergy and funeral directors, and collaborates with other organizations, such as the National Institute of Health, to provide information, statistics and a better understanding of the death of a baby. Share also follows and distributes research and promotes legislation that relates to its mission. All information packets, correspondence, and support are free of charge to bereaved parents. The organization is fully supported by donations.
Share Southern Vermont, Inc. is one of nearly 100 Share groups across the country. For more information about the next meeting date, to donate, volunteer or if you need support through grief, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.