Memorial Walk for families grieving infant loss

By on May 2, 2011

ELGIN—Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, a nonprofit organization offering support for those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, will hold a Memorial Walk for families who are grieving the death of a baby on Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. at Bluff City Cemetery Office, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin, Ill.

All family members and friends who have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or infant losses are invited to participate in this remembrance service and planting of a tree. Participants are encouraged to bring small memorial items such as pictures, letters, an infant’s toy or any other meaningful item they wish to place in an infant-sized casket, which will be buried during the service. Presiding over the service will be Provena Saint Joseph chaplain Arlene Metcalf and Sherman Hospital chaplain Neris Diaz-Cabello. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served after the service.

The walk will take place regardless of weather. It is offered in conjunction with Provena Saint Joseph and Provena Mercy Hospitals, and Bluff City Cemetery. There is no charge, but advanced registration is requested at (630) 232-2233.

All programs and services of Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice are offered free of charge to residents of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook, and McHenry counties. For more information on the agency, see www.fvvh.org.