The holiday season can be especially challenging for those who have lost a loved one, or who are experiencing other hardships such as a broken relationship, loss of employment, or failing health.
Situations like these can be a stark contrast to jingling bells, festive lights, and themes of togetherness so prevalent during the holiday season.
Blue Christmas & Celebrate a Life is an annual community gathering that offers a gentle time of comfort, reflection, and a program of music and special readings.
It is also an opportunity to celebrate a life and to honour the memory of loved ones no longer with us.
Co-hosted by Comox Valley Hospice Society and Comox United Church, this years’ service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at Comox United Church, located at 250 Beach Drive in Comox.
Grieving the death of a loved one is a life-changing experience that will be unique for each person and each family member. This can make seasonal and family traditions difficult to navigate.
For some, feelings of loss may make the togetherness of holiday traditions even more important.
Others may feel numb and disengaged, preferring not to celebrate in the same ways as they have in the past. Both experiences are a normal part of grieving. By coming together we acknowledge that many of us have experienced these painful transitions, and that each of us is learning how to live with loss in our own way.
Blue Christmas & Celebrate a Life is a non-denominational gathering that offers comfort and support to help ease the loneliness and anxiety of the holiday season.
Those wishing to honour loved ones may hang a tag on the memorial tree and light a candle in remembrance. After the service, you are welcome to stay behind for a quiet time of reflection, or join us for some homemade food and beverages.
For more information please contact the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-3395533.