The information on the Walk to
Remember comes from Natalie Borgardt, who organized two Walks in Santa
Barbara, in memory of her daughter, Shannon Kay. This year instead of organizing
a walk in a new town, we felt it would be better to put the information
on the Internet, as a permanent resource for those who want to plan their
President Ronald Regan named October National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, to remember the 870,000 babies that die each year, throught miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth, and newborn death. A Walk to Remember, held during October, honors those babies who have died thorough miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death.
Since 1988 many perinatal loss groups across the country have taken the opportunity during this beautiful fall month to pause, to remember, and to honor the precious babies whose short lives on this earth have touched the hearts and lives of their parents and families.
Many people throughout the nation are working individually and in small groups to raise awareness about perinatal grief and to ensure that sensitive care is given parents that experience a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death.
As an individual, it is sometimes difficult to feel you are "making a difference" due to feelings of isolation, limited resources, and lack of other interested people.
Now through the Walk to Remember, committed parents, their friends and families, and professionals can symbolically unite those who experienced a loss and those who care for them, and join a national network of thousands of others who take part in a Walk to Remember. The Walk is designed to raise public awareness to ensure families receive the sensitivity they deserve.
Our trek started long ago,
before my belly swelled.
You were a love that grew-
like butterfly wings that beat.
Your gently flutters then became
kicks upon which I would dwell.
And I would talk to you, sweet babe,
about the world you soon would meet.
The sun always shone upon us
when you were in my womb.
And I was eager to show you the world
that would have been your home.
How you'd have loved the sun shining-
blue skies without a cloud.
The autumn leaves turning-
the snow falling all around.
The flowers in summer-
would have filled your eyes with smiles.
And the rain that might have fallen
would have caused you great surprise.
You would have traveled far with
holding me by the hand,
And I'd have shown you all I could-
more that I can imagine.
You hold my HEART tightly now,
as though we're holding hands.
How far we've traveled, little one-
and my life with you has been sweet.
For I carry you in my heart,
as I firmly plant my feet.
Walk to Remember includes resources from several perinatal groups. The
Bereavement Services/RTS are the group that has coordinated the Walk to
From the Bereavement Services/RTS brochure:
It is our hope that by creating another page for the Walk to Remember that people will be able to find the resources they need to organize this special healing walk. With time, we hope that Journey of Hearts will be able to provide a link for uniting those participating in the walk.
Pomona, CA - October 22, 1998
Ontario, Canada February 21, 1999