Representatives of the Women's Center at Nash General Hospital pose with the banner at the inaugural Walk of Remembrance for Steps Never Taken in 2013.

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Representatives of the Women's Center at Nash General Hospital pose with the banner at the inaugural Walk of Remembrance for Steps Never Taken in 2013.

Walk of Remembrance to honor lost lives

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Each year, one million American women experience a miscarriage or a stillbirth – and often, these women grieve in silence.

To provide comfort and support for area women who have lost an infant, the Women’s Center at Nash Health Care will sponsor its second annual Walk of Remembrance for Steps Never Taken at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The Walk of Remembrance is a time to honor the children who are lost yearly due to miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.

The event will feature a welcoming ceremony followed by a short, symbolic walk for the footsteps never taken. There will also be a butterfly release – weather permitting – poems, special music, a naming ceremony and a memorial service.

This event is free and is open to the public. Families that have suffered a loss of a baby, their supportive friends and medical staff are all invited to attend.

“Every year, families suffer from the loss of a baby. Many times they grieve in silence,” said Karen Joyner, a nurse with the Women’s Center at Nash Health Care. “It is time for our community to recognize these babies and their families. We are celebrating their lives.”

While an RSVP is not required, it is suggested. The RSVP may be sent to Joyner at kjjoyner@nhcs.org. Parents who would like to have their child recognized by a small banner should contact Joyner via e-mail. These banners will be placed along the walkway to the pond, where the remembrance ceremony will be held. A limited supply of t-shirts is available for $15. Those who would like to reserve one should contact Joyner through her e-mail address.

The September event is a prelude to October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

“This is a time that families can meet and find that they are not alone,” Joyner said.

Participants are advised to arrive around 2:45 p.m. to register and walk to the designated area. There will be a special time designated for recognizing the life of these infants, and participants are welcome to read a special poem during this time.

Parking will be available near the picnic shelter, designated by purple bows.