(BREESE, IL) – On Saturday, October 13, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese’s local Share Group and Auxiliary held the Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope at Germantown’s Schoendienst Park. The event was held to raise awareness and remember those touched by the death of a baby or infant, and give an opportunity to openly acknowledge and remember their babies amongst family, friends and the bereavement community.
More than 300 walkers participated in the event, raising awareness and money to purchase the Angel of Hope statue to be placed in the upcoming Memorial Garden on St. Joseph’s Hospital grounds. The statue will symbolize hope, reflection and healing and will contain a water feature allowing children to send pennies to heaven.
Rev. Steven Barrett gave the keynote address; the morning’s observance also included a brief memorial service and an environmental friendly balloon release before the walk.
The Share Group generally meets the second Tuesday of each month in the hospital Board Room and is for parents and families who have lost a child. For more information, call Karen at 618-709-2878, email email@example.com or visit the events page at stjoebreese.com. To learn more about Share groups, visit nationalshare.org
The Auxiliary supports the hospital Share program, providing funding for training and resources and supplying clothing and swaddling clothes to families who have lost an infant. For more information on the hospital Auxiliary, call 526-5351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption 1: Share Walk attendees released biodegradable balloons in remembrance of infants or babies they have lost.
Photo Caption 2: Shown holding the 2018 Walk for Remembrance and Hope banner is (left to right): Emma Johnson, Olivia Book, Austin Gebke and Emma Gebke
Photo Caption 3: Share Group Committee members in attendance at the 2018 Walk for Remembrance and Hope is (left to right): Judy Schrage, Jennifer Wempe, Deb Wuebbels, Sara Koopmann, Kristi Johnson, Valerie Bauza, Stacy Stein, Amy Knebel, Scott Gebke, Ann Deiters, Karen Gebke and Melissa Hopfinger.