Living with loss while others celebrate the season

The Comox United Church and the Comox Valley Hospice Society co-host the annual “Celebrate a Life & Blue Christmas Service” to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Comox United Church (250 Beach Drive, Comox).

The softly orchestrated program of music, readings, silence and ceremony will be followed by an invitation to share homemade food and beverages in fellowship and community.

The holiday season can be a particularly painful time for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, with some family traditions forever altered.

The expectation to feel joyous during the holidays can make the hurt of loss even more painful.

The heightened focus on families, celebration, and togetherness can lead to a sense of feeling overwhelmed.

Grief is different for everyone and for every family.

Questions may arise about how to ‘survive’ the holiday season. Taking care of ourselves is essential. Allowing ourselves to ‘be’ and to grieve is a kind gift that we can give to ourselves at any time.  It is even more important to do so in this tender season.

If you are feeling a sense of loss or longing and wish to honour the lives of your loved ones,  consider attending this gentle celebration of life. Those who simply wish to be with others at this tender time of the year are also welcome.

Together, we will acknowledge that so many in our community have lost loved ones. Our grief journey invites us to honour and celebrate the lives of those who have died – and it need not be recent loss.

The service is open to all: there is no charge to attend this non-denominational service. Trained staff and volunteers will be present before and after the service for discussion and support.

Tears, laughter, sharing, private reflections and prayer will all be respected.

For more information call the Comox Valley Hospice Society: 250-339-5533

 

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