On Sunday at Ellery Town Park, The Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network Inc. will host its first Southern Tier "Walk to Remember." New this year, the Southern Tier Walk to Remember will allow the group to reach and support more bereaved families in the community. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the Memorial Service and Angel Memory Mile Walk commencing at noon.
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month which helps this network increase community awareness and support bereaved families who suffer a tragic loss. The "Walk to Remember" is a celebration of life and an opportunity to memorialize babies who have died through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death.
"The Memorial Walks provide a supportive environment for all who have been touched by the death of a baby and gives participants an opportunity to remember and celebrate their loved ones with understanding and without judgment," said Christine Scott, executive director of the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network, as well as a bereaved mother of Jacob Wesley Scott born still on May 27, 2000.
The afternoon is filled with poetry, readings, healing music, a tree planting and a balloon release, along with a symbolic memory mile-long walk ending with a family picnic. The annual Buffalo Walk to Remember will be held on Oct. 13, at Cheektowaga Town Park.
While there is no cost to attend, participants are asked to register with a suggested donation, and may obtain pledge forms as well to make individual donations to support the vital work of the WNYPBN that serves the eight counties of WNY. All of the programs of the WNYPBN are funded entirely through contributions, and succeed through the generosity of donors, volunteers and supporters.
The mission of the WNY Perinatal Bereavement Network, Inc. is to assist the community in meeting the needs of people facing perinatal death: the death of a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death.