Olivia’s House, Pennsylvania’s first independent grief centers for children and teens will hold their Walk to Remember on September 27, 2014 at John Rudy County Park, York, PA from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The organization’s co-founder, George Foley (pictured left), has worked in the funeral business for over thirty years. He strongly encourages everyone to attend, as all proceeds will benefit Olivia’s House and the journey to help children cope with death and attending funerals.
“Think about what’s going through a child’s mind when they see their loved one at a funeral, they’re thinking who’s going to take me to the ballgame, who’s going to be my father figure, that’s a lot,” Foley said of children that go through Olivia’s House program.
George Foley, 73, worked in the funeral business since the age of 22. At one point in his career, he noticed something about the dynamics between the grieving children and the funeral processions. Foley realized that when children of the deceased would attend the procession to pay respects to their loved ones, funeral directors didn’t know how to react and interact with children in these heartfelt and difficult situations at the funeral homes.
The Walk to Remember is a community event, consisting of teams between five and ten people. Teams form and raise money to benefit Olivia’s House: A Grief and Loss Center for Children. The teams then come out and walk on September 27 to celebrate the fund raising success and in memory of their loved ones.
Although there is no fee to register, team members are encouraged to raise $100 or more. Together, Olivia’s House hopes to raise over $50,000 to benefit the children through this year’s Walk to Remember. All team participants must check in at the team pavilion between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on September 27.
For any questions regarding the Walk to Remember or Olivia’s House, visit www.oliviashouse.org. For more information about Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community, email Joyce Singer at Wendy.Myers@AlbrightCare.org.