Hospice House Uses ‘Walk to Remember’ to Grow Support, Help With Grieving Process

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Hospice House hopes to raise $90,000 with its third-annual "A Walk to Remember." (Courtesy Hospice House)
Hospice House hopes to raise $90,000 with its third-annual “A Walk to Remember.” (Courtesy Hospice House)

A local nonprofit is helping people navigate their emotional journeys of grief with a physical walk through nature.

Hospice House is staging its third annual Hike for Hospice, “A Walk to Remember” fundraiser at Governor’s Landing April 25.

The event’s main attraction is a “leisurely” 2-mile walk where participants can celebrate the memory of departed loved ones, honor someone or support Hospice House.

“It allows all to celebrate the lives of those whom they have loved and lost in the atmosphere of an outdoor extended family gathering in Spring,” Hike Chairwoman Bernice Todd said in an email. “Memories, stories, music, food, laughter, a walk, are all shared.”

The event will also feature music by D.J. Bobby Hornsby, refreshments, a silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds will go to support Hospice House. Check-in begins at 12:15 p.m., and the hike commences at 2 p.m.

Those interested in participating in the walk should register online at the Hospice House website, or by telephone at 757-253-1220. Todd said the organization expects 400 participants in the 2015 walk.

The event began in 2013 and has raised more than $100,000 for Hospice House.

The organization has set a goal of raising $90,000 for the 2015 walk. It had collected nearly $75,000 as of Thursday, with nine days left to donate.

Hospice House was built in 2002, and is the Williamsburg area’s only nonprofit hospice. The organization offers 24-hour end-of-life care for residents of Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County.

End-of-life patients who wish to remain at home can also receive services from Hospice House, including respite for caregivers, transportation assistance, spiritual care and support, and equipment and supplies.

Volunteers provide much of Hospice House’s support, with more than 200 people contributing more than 15,000 volunteer hours annually.

The organization has served more than 2,000 people since 2002.

Additional information on the walk, including how to donate to the fundraiser, is available online at the Hospice House website.