Some attendees were here for the first time. Others have attended multiple times, while some have been at every Walk to Remember.
Teresa Thomas is one person who hasn't missed once. She lost a baby daughter 10 years ago. Thomas read a poem during the ceremony titled "Sail On!"
"After three years I didn't think I needed a support group, but it turns out I did," she said. "My advice to anyone in this situation is don't be afraid. There are more people going through what you're going through than you may think."
Keckler said some who've suffered a loss such as this can move on more quickly than others.
"But not everybody can do that," he said. "Some people like to hold on forever. This serves as a way for that to happen."
Walk to Remember corresponds with October being National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, so proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
HRH provides the following bereavement support groups:
- Comfort Zone (Survivors of Suicide) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month;
- Working Through Your Grief from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday;
- Emerging from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday; and
- Maintaining from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.
All meetings are in conference room one on the first floor of Hendricks Regional Health in Danville (enter through the east entrance). For more information, call 745-3417 or visit the website at hendricks.org/support-groups.