The Cherish our Children Walk will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017
This year’s “Cherish Our Children Walk” will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from the Newington Memorial Funeral Home. Registration begins at 12:00 noon and the walk begins at 1:00 rain or shine. The public is invited to participate in this event that offers parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends the chance to stand together and remember babies and children of all ages whom they love and have lost.
The “Cherish Our Children Walk” is sponsored by the Duksa family and staff at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, Burritt Hill Funeral Home, New Britain, and Fisette-Batzner Funeral Home in Newington. “The Walk offers comfort to people in helping them know that they are not alone, and provides a time to remember and celebrate the lives of special sons and daughters, and relatives and friends,” explains Diana Duksa Kurz, CFSP, a funeral director whose family owns the funeral homes. “We created this event with a group of parents who have lost children, and who know all too well how important support from others who share similar experiences can be to emotional healing.”
A bagpiper will lead participants less than a mile from Newington Memorial Funeral Home through Newington Center to the non-denominational “Cherish Our Children Angel Statue” at West Meadow Cemetery in Newington. Participants will be given a white flower that they may leave at the angel statue, along with a personal note of remembrance. A short program will be presented including a special guest speaker, music, the reading of children’s names to be remembered, and a release of doves.
There is no fee to participate in the walk, but donations are encouraged to help support the endowed care of the Cherish Our Children angel statue.