8th Annual Healing Hearts Angel Walk at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach
BY SHANNON PEASE
Parents who have lost a child, as well as families, friends and community members, will participate in the Healing Hearts Angel Walk on April 22 at Quiet Waters Park in memory of those who have lost their lives.
Registration for the 8th annual event begins at 11 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach. The walk, which travels along a path lined with about 600 remembrance signs, begins at 1 p.m. The Healing Hearts Angel Walk is hosted by the Bobby Resciniti Healing Hearts Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers free help to parents who have lost a child.
Hundreds of people are expected to participate in the approximate mile-long walk that pays tribute to children who have passed away. There will also be a portrait presentation for parents and a barbecue lunch. The Angel Walk is $15 per person and children 5 and younger are free.
Bob Resciniti and his wife created the Healing Hearts Foundation in 2007 about a year after losing their son Bobby to a car accident. After the realization that there were limited resources available to parents who have lost a child, they created the organization in an effort to help others.
“We were in a fog. It was shock,” Resciniti said. “There were no resources. We were lost.”
Today, the Foundation offers free local grief counseling at Bobby’s Place in Coral Springs to parents grieving the loss of a child and other types of grief and loss. The organization hosts bi-monthly meetings and specialty meetings for bereaved parents. They also offer a program for siblings. The role of Healing Hearts, Resciniti explained, is to help each individual through their grief process.
“We are here to help long term,” he said.
On May 20, Healing Hearts will also host a grief workshop for families, students, faculty, first responders and community members affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy. The MSD Grief Workshop will take place at the Marriott in Coral Springs. It is free of charge and is open to all. Professional grief experts, singers and artists will be on hand to help the community.
For more information visit www.angelbobby.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/662042350793480/