Celebrate a Life—Blue Christmas Service

The holiday season be a time of joy - but also sadness for those dealing with loss.

JACQUIE NEAVE hangs a memorial tag on the Celebrate a Life Tree in memory of her late husband Len

JACQUIE NEAVE hangs a memorial tag on the Celebrate a Life Tree in memory of her late husband Len

While the holiday season is meant to be a time of joy and good cheer, for many dealing with loss, depression or sadness it can be a very difficult and lonely time.

As gifts are bought and wrapped with loving care, and families gather to give thanks for what is, many long for what was and will never be again, while others long for that which never has been.

Faced with the traditional holiday images and celebrations, it can exacerbate the feelings of sadness, grief and loss, for those who are grieving the death of a loved one or friend, tragedies in the community, a broken relationship, loss of employment, failing health or some other circumstance that makes this time of year challenging.

If you are finding this holiday season a difficult one or simply wish to remember a special person in your life, the Comox United Church along with the Comox Valley Hospice Society and St. Joseph’s Hospital pastoral care services invite you to attend the annual Celebrate a Life—Blue Christmas Service this Saturday.

This special service of comfort and healing acknowledges the sense of sadness and grief, while at the same time offers solace, support, compassion and commemoration. The Celebrate a Life — Blue Christmas Service is a time of remembrance accompanied by music and readings. It is also an opportunity to honour departed loved ones by hanging a memorial tag on the Christmas tree and signing the hospice memory book.

The Celebrate a Life—Blue Christmas Service will be held at the Comox United Church at 250 Beach Dr. on Dec. 10 starting at 1 p.m.

Friends and family are welcome to attend. Refreshments will follow the service.

For more information on the service, or for support during the holiday season, call the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-339-5533. Additional resources and information are also available online at www.comoxhospice.com.

— Comox Valley Hospice Society

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The suspect is described as approximately 20-25 years old, between 5’3 to 5’4, with dark hair. He was wearing black Adidas pants, white shoes, and a puffy grey jacket. Photo supplied
Attempted robbery in Courtenay

Investigators from the Comox Valley RCMP Major Crime Unit are investigating

The Fifth Street Bridge requires structural improvements, new coating to repair and prevent corrosion, and deck repairs. File photo
Fifth Street Bridge repairs to proceed in Courtenay

The unofficial results are in for the Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation Alternative… Continue reading

Windy conditions in Nanaimo’s Lost Lake area. (News Bulletin file photo)
Wind warning issued for the east coast of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada says people ‘should be on the lookout’ for adverse weather conditions

BC Hydro will release higher volumes of water down the Puntledge River on Nov. 24-25. Black Press file photo
BC Hydro testing hydroelectric facility system along Puntledge River all week

Tests will result in high water levels, possible siren initiation

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Pixabay.com)
Man, 28, warned by Kootenay police to stop asking people to marry him

A woman initially reported the incident to police before they discovered others had been popped the question

Winston Blackmore (left) and James Oler (right) were sentenced on separate charges of polygamy this week in Cranbrook Supreme Court.
No more charges expected in Bountiful investigation, special prosecutor says

Special prosecutor says mandate has ended following review of evidence from Bountiful investigations

Jesse Ketler was acclaimed Tuesday as chair of the Comox Valley Regional District board. Scott Stanfield photo
Cumberland director to serve second term as CVRD board chair

Jesse Ketler has been acclaimed chair of the Comox Valley Regional District… Continue reading

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

Parksville’s French Creek Harbour experienced a diesel spill on Nov. 23 after a barge and fishing vessel collided. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Coast Guard cleans up diesel spill in Parksville’s French Creek Harbour

Barge carrying fuel truck collides with fishing vessel

Stock photo
Senior from Gibsons caught viewing child porn sentenced to 10 months

74-year-old pleaded guilty after police seized 1,500-2,500 images

Most Read