This segment of Cleveland Connection features Diane Snyder Cowan, Director of the Elisabeth Severence Prentiss Bereavement Center at Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Dave talks with Diane about the upcoming Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Foundation at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday June 8th.

It’s a wonderful uplifting event. People sign up to walk in memory of their loved ones. Often several generations walk together as a meaningful ritual to remember someone who played a special role in their lives.

The Walk itself takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, but admission also includes a full day at the Zoo and Rainforest, T-shirts, snacks and live musical entertainment. ($20 adults, $60 families, $10 special admission for all veterans, their families and friends)

Proceeds benefit special services offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve, including pediatric hospice care, music and art therapy, life enrichment programs for patients and some community services that might surprise some people.

Diane also talks about the Hospice’s School Crisis Response Program and School Grief Support Groups. These programs feature experienced counselors who respond to students and staff when death-related crises occur in Northeast Ohio’s school communities.

Follow the Hospice on Twitter here and register for the walk at Hospice’s website.

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