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posted: 4/27/2010 12:01 AM

Hospice organizing memorial walk

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Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, a nonprofit organization offering support for those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, is holding a Memorial Walk for families who are grieving the death of a baby at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at Bluff City Cemetery Office, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin.

All family members and friends who have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or infant losses are invited to participate in this remembrance service and planting of a tree. Participants are encouraged to bring small memorial items such as pictures, letters, an infant's toy or any other meaningful item they wish to place in an infant-sized casket, which will be buried at the end of the service. Presiding over the service will be Provena St. Joseph chaplain Ed Hunter and Sherman Hospital chaplain Neris Diaz-Cabello. Coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will be served after the service.

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The walk will take place regardless of weather. It is offered in conjunction with Provena St. Joseph and Provena Mercy hospitals, and Bluff City Cemetery. There is no charge, but advanced registration is requested at (630) 232-2233.

All programs and services of Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice are offered free of charge to residents of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook, and McHenry counties. For information on the agency, visit fvvh.org.

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