Supporting the Front Range and High Country communities of Colorado, A Walk to Remember is a non-profit, 501(c)-3, all-volunteer organization ensuring that bereaved families do not walk this journey alone by focusing on bereavement care resources and support for those touched by all types of pregnancy and infant loss.
We are thrilled to announce that Walk to Remember will be joining Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS), expanding WTR’s reach to bereaved families who have experienced the loss of a baby.
Amy Lugowski, President of WTR, shares “We are so thrilled for the future. With Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep taking on the programs of Walk to Remember, more families throughout Colorado will have the support and resources they need through their journey of grief. The reach that NILMDTS has and the families they touch is a great asset and will ensure that the missions and programs of Walk to Remember will be extended throughout Colorado and beyond."
Since 2008, WTR has worked as an all-volunteer organization to provide bereavement care resources to parents who have faced the death of a baby due to pregnancy loss, miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or SIDS. By offering support and services through our Bereavement Care Packages, Annual Memorial, Next Steps programs, etc. we have been able to touch thousands of bereaved families within
Colorado and beyond. And have no fear, the Annual Memorial Event and the Bereavement Care Package programs will live on through NILMDTS. You will still be able to honor your babies by attending the memorial or by donating a care package in their name throughout the year.
We at WTR are truly honored to have been a part of your journey and are so grateful to have been able to celebrate and remember your children with you. We understand the impact that the Annual Memorial Event and the Bereavement Care Packages have had on your lives and are excited to see NILMDTS take on these programs to help them continue to flourish and grow. Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching said "The longest journey begins with a single step." Thank you for letting us walk this journey with you.
For those of you who do not know Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS), they are a nonprofit organization that trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. The images captured serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy. Their services help families all over the nation. For more information
“The photographs NILMDTS provides are instrumental in the healing process and now we will be able to further assist families in their healing. We welcome WTR to our family and are honored to expand additional offerings of remembrance and support to families who have suffered the difficult loss of a baby”, said Gina Harris, Executive Director of NILMDTS.
NILMDTS is proud to take on the programs, continuing the mission of Walk to Remember along with its own. They will continue the Bereavement Care Program and host the Annual Memorial Walk in Colorado under the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep umbrella.
Read the official press release HERE
Because of generous donations throughout the year and your participation in our Spring and Holiday Care Package Drives, A Walk to Remember (WTR) was able to assemble and deliver over 600 Bereavement Care Packages to 34 Colorado Hospitals in 2013. Dozens of volunteers gathered four times this year to assembly these special packages and many more volunteers delivered them to hospitals along the front range and mountain communities. Thank you!! And a special thank you for your support during our Holiday Care Package Donation Drive. 65 Bereavement Care Packages were donated between Thanksgiving and Christmas in memory of those special babies in your lives. We are truly grateful as this will help us continue to support bereaved families again in 2014.
No one ever expects to experience the death of their baby and they are often unprepared for this tragic event. WTR’s Bereavement Care Packages bring support and comfort to those families who have lost their baby. The packages provide a gentle guide of ideas and thoughts for making memories and keepsakes and essentially making the most of the precious time families have at the hospital with their baby. At the time of a loss, parents can be in a place where their ability for decision making is impaired. This will be their only opportunity to create keepsakes and memories of their child, it is vitally important for them to have some tools to guide them. WTR’s Care Packages also include advice from others who have been down this path of grief, ideas for making memories including picture taking, and thoughts from other parents about things they wished they had done. WTR coordinates with Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Units throughout the Front Range Area to assess their needs and provide them with Bereavement Care Packages.
Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who work hard to ensure the continued success of our BCP program and that bereaved families get the much needed support that they deserve through such a difficult time.
We couldn't do it without your support!
Sometimes it can be difficult finding the words to tell your friends and family how best to support you through your loss. Here at Walk to Remember we strive to share support resources and tools to better help you cope and navigate this journey of infant loss.
Below is a video we have been working on for 6 months that puts into words, from the perspective of the bereaved parent, what is helpful and what is hurtful when it comes to communicating with families who have suffered the loss of a baby. It is a moving and informative video that can be shared with other bereaved parents, families, friends, and co-workers. Sharing this video with people in your life may help them provide you with the support you need during such a difficult time.
CBS 4 News follows WTR as we deliver Bereavement Care Packages to Littleton Hospital. A great story showing the impact that Walk to Remember continues to make.
Congratulations to our board President, Amy Lugowski, on her 7Everyday Hero Award for her work at Walk to Remember.
To view the story and video please CLICK HERE
Thank you Amy for your passion and dedication to helping families who have suffered the devastating loss of a baby!