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Compassionate Friends invite grieving parents, grandparents to join Walk to Remember

A family member walking in memory of Aden Lamps arrives at The Compassionate Friends' garden near Baker Lake at a past walk.
A family member walking in memory of Aden Lamps arrives at The Compassionate Friends' garden near Baker Lake at a past walk.

The River Valley chapter of The Compassionate Friends invites bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends to join them at their Walk to Remember at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 on east side of Baker Lake in Peru. Cost to walk once around the lake is $10, and under 10 may walk for free. Refreshments and children’s activities along with raffles are also planned.

The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child of any age and any cause. As the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding and hope to families who have experienced the death of a child. There are more than 700 chapters in the United States including all 50 states.

The local event is patterned after The Compassionate Friends National Walk to Remember this year held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“You do not need to be a member of The Compassionate Friends to join with us and you do not need to walk around the lake” says Rita Studzinski, chapter leader. “We welcome everyone who wants to join hands and hearts in remembering all children who have died too soon.”

The Compassionate Friends meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, in the conference building, 1305 Sixth St.

“During the meetings, parents receive the understanding and support of others who have been there,” Studzinski says.

For more information contact Studzinski at (815) 223-7663 or email at rivervalleyTCF@hotmail.com or visit the national organization website, www.compassionatefriends.org.

The Compassionate Friends has a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide.

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