Sometimes we all need a special time to mourn loved ones who have died, especially with the holidays approaching.
For this reason, Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer a Celebration of Remembrance to honor departed loved ones.
"This is a nice opportunity for the community to not only remember community members, but to remember those they lost," said Liz Schubert, executive director of hospice.
The celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.
The celebration will consist of a reading of an honor roll of names of those who used hospice services, as well as those involved in First Choice Home Health Care and Heritage Place during the program.
Susan Bezilla, bereavement coordinator with hospice, said anyone is welcome to stand and say the name of a loved one at the celebration. In saying the name out loud, needed closure often is felt by that person.
Also, a remembrance tree will be placed in front of the church and decorated with stars with the names and lit after the ceremony. The tree will stay lit until Jan 2.
"We just want to fill it up," Schubert said.
Each hanging star is a visible sign of remembering a loved one and can be seen from the road, she said.
The ceremony is open to the public and is not only for remembering those who have lost people in the community, she said, but also for those with loved ones who died out of state.
After the program and lighting of the tree, music will be provided by Food for the Soul and Sherry Morris while refreshments are served in the church lobby.
Bezilla said the celebration gives residents a reason to gather and show each other that they care.
Schubert said while many are looking for ways to remember their loved one during the holidays, the celebration could be a new way.
"Taking part in a community celebration is a wonderful new tradition for a family," she said.
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