A Garden Walk To Remember

St. Francis Hospice will sponsor “A Remembering Walk” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday (Aug. 17) at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden, giving people the chance to share with others the mental, emotional and spiritual experience of reclaiming lost loved ones. Besides, it’s great exercise.

The hospice’s bereavement services team has planned a morning of con- nection, grief awareness and nature walk in the park, whose name means “to make a place of peace and tranquility.”

Relatives throughout Oahu are invited to gather, share, reminisce and support each other as they take in Hawaii’s natural beauty. “It is an opportunity to remember and honor our loved ones who have died,” said bereavement services manager Felicia Marquez-Wong. “It’s also a time to remember the importance of self-nurturing during the grief journey.”

The walk is free and open to the public, who should be prepared for rain or sunshine. “We will provide grief literature and activities,” added Marquez- Wong, noting that Ho‘omaluhia is open until 4 p.m. for those who want to remain after the walk. To RSVP and for more details on the walk or other support groups (including Walk- in-the Mall meetings), call 547-8145 or email fmarquezwong@stfrancishawaii.org.