TERRACE HOSPICE Society’s Celebrate a Life may be more poignant this year with the recent losses of five lives.
The event is for everyone who wants to remember a lost loved one with special readings, a candle lighting ceremony, and honouring a loved one by putting a tag with that person’s name on a tree, which is displayed afterward in a public place in town where people can add their loved ones names to it.
The guest speaker will be Joelle McKeirnan, who has her own grief counselling service and there will be music from Amy Keberniky’s music students. It’s non-denominational and for all ages.
Christmas is not an easy time when a person has lost a loved one to death since it’s a season of joy and cheer but for those who’ve lost someone, it can be the toughest time of the year. There’s a marked contrast between how a person is supposed to feel during the season and how that person actually feels; there’s memories and experiences people won’t have because their loved one is not there.
People don’t have to be alone as they can gather with others to share their loss; others may know all too well how they feel.
People who come can be mourning any loss, such as a miscarriage.
If people want to, they can bring a gift for the Salvation Army hampers, but it’s not required. For more details on Celebrate a Life, see Community Calendar on page B4.