Remembering: An important part of grief experience
By RICK ALVEY, Reid Health Chaplain
Remembering a loved one who is no longer sharing this journey through life is an important part of our grief experience and happens in a variety of ways. A few days ago I was privileged to participate in a funeral service where the family had asked those at the visitation to complete the sentence: "I remember a woman who…" and then shared those responses during the celebration service for their loved one.
Even if the service for your loved one has already taken place you can start your own list and ask others to contribute. Fill a journal with the various responses you and others come up with to remember your loved one and then revisit those memories from time to time. It is just one of the ways that we can keep the memory of our loves ones with us always.
Another way to remember your loved one is to participate in special gatherings like our Celebration of Life taking place Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 pm here at Reid in the Atrium. It's a time to remember and celebrate your loved one alongside others who are making a similar journey through grief.
Our Celebration of Life gatherings happen twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall. The service lasts about 30 minutes and includes time of reflective readings, special music and unique gifts for those in attendance. There is also a time of food and fellowship following the service as we take time to share our journey with others and offer mutual support. If you choose to join us feel free to bring a favorite picture of your loved one to place on display during the service.
Even if there was a service for your loved one you are still welcome to join us for this special remembrance. Perhaps there were family members or friends unable to attend the service for your loved one who could join you at our Celebration of Life. There is no limit to the number of people who can join you at this special time of remembering and celebrating.
You should be receiving a special invite with more details about our gather and we hope you can be with us. Whether you join us or not be sure to take time to remember!