Walk to Remember Loved Ones Who Have Died

On Saturday, November 7, The Shore Grief Center offers an afternoon to slow down and reflect on those who have died in our lives. The “Walk Along the Shore” walk (and run) provides a peaceful location and energetic walk.

The walk starts at Patterson Hall on the Southeastern Baptist Seminary campus. Walkers will travel through downtown Wake Forest and along N. Main St. The distance is approximately 3 miles (almost 5k).

Walkers enjoy the time to be together with family and friends who also feel the loss of a loved one. Attendees are encouraged to start or join a team in their loved one’s name. (This can be accomplished on the registration site.)

The route is beautiful in the fall as the leaves are falling or turning brilliant hues. It’s an easily walked route as walkers are not rushed to get through it. Stop along the route and take pictures with your friends.

The Shore Grief Center invites volunteers to help out as many street crossers are needed to keep the walkers safe. If you know a teen or young adult who needs community service, we can utilize their talents on the day of the walk. Contact Carolyn at [email protected].

Runners are invited this year although it will not be timed. Dogs are invited as long as the owners are responsible for any “accidents” that may occur (bring a poop bag). The route is suitable for strollers as well as wheelchairs.

The registration cost includes a walk tee shirt and wristband. Adults are $35, teens $20 and 12 and under are free. If you can’t attend and want to support our efforts of helping others through their grief, donations to The Shore Grief Center are encouraged. It could be called “Walk Along the Shore at Home.”

To register go to https://walkalongtheshore.webconnex.com/2015

Activities include:

  • Beads to show the type of loss: auto accident, suicide, cancer, heart disease, overdose, and other causes.
  • This allows walkers to connect to someone else with the same loss.
  • Memory trees – a favorite from our past walks. Write a note to the person who died and attach to a limb.
  • Walk Along the Shore Memory wall – place for group photos or hold a sign with your loved ones name and take a selfie.
  • Memory music – request a song at least 1 week in advance
  • Balloon release – write a message to your loved one on a balloon and release it to the heavens
  • Team photos by a professional photographer

The Shore Grief Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides free peer-based grief support groups for kids, teens and adults. It’s located at 116 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC. One of its goals is to provide grief support to the many children and teens in our school systems who are grieving. The Shore Grief Center currently holds groups in Franklin County Schools.

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