Walk to Remember

The Compassionate Friends Walk to Remember® is a highlight of every TCF National Conference. It was created as a symbolic way to show the love we carry for the children we mourn. Held at 9 a.m. Sunday on the final day of the national conference it starts at the host hotel of the conference.  There is an air of anticipation and excitement as everyone gathers in preparation for the start of the Walk. Finally the Walk begins and, hand-in-hand everyone walks, meditating on a much different time in their lives. Since its inception in 2000, the Walk to Remember has taken on many distinctive facets. There is the main Walk to Remember where those attending the conference join with local bereaved families and others who fly in from across the country just for the Walk. As many as 1400 have participated. Some go the full distance while others only walk a short way knowing that in participating, they are remembering. Special Walk to Remember t-shirts are given to all who register, as well as walk bibs where the names of the children being remembered can be written.

The Walk to Remember is also used as a major fundraiser to help support the work of The Compassionate Friends. Many participants seek pledges from relatives, friends, neighbors, and business acquaintances, turning in the dollars they have raised prior to the start of the event.

See pictures from TCF Walk to Remember 2013 on our TCF USA Facebook Page.

Please note: Registration is required to participate in TCF national Walks to Remember. Those under 9 are not required to register but still must have a waiver of liability signed for them by a participating parent or guardian.


Even if you are not able to attend, you can be a part of this heartfelt event by sending us the names of the children whose memory you wish to honor. Your generosity will help us support all bereaved families who have reached out to TCF, as well as those who today don’t know they’ll need our help tomorrow. If you’re reading this, there’s no doubt the death of a child has touched your life. When a child dies in a family, life as that family knows it is never the same. They learn to cherish the ways in which they can have their special child remembered. We invite you to submit a child’s name so that it can lovingly be carried by volunteers in our 15th Walk to Remember®, a time set aside to honor and remember the children gone much too soon. Names need to be submitted by July 4, 2014 in order to be carried in this year's Walk to Remember.

Click here to see all the names submitted that will be carried in the Walk to Remember on July 13, 2014 in Chicago, IL.