Forever Loved Service
The holidays will soon be here, and they are especially hard when grieving the loss of a loved one. The season kindles memories and traditions while we are painfully aware that our loved one is no longer present. The grief coincides with the celebrations of the season and can make it even harder for us to actively engage with others or sort through feelings.
I want to invite you and your family and friends to take advantage of two opportunities that I trust can be helpful:
First, is an invitation from Porter Loring Mortuaries to take part in a “Grief and the Holidays” workshop (offered online this year). This free workshop will be conducted by Celeste Miller, MA, LPC and Darwin Huartson, M.Div., BCC. It is their hope “to help participants identify internal and external resources to enhance resiliency during the holidays and in these difficult times.” For more information, or to register for one of the 5 workshop offerings in November and December, please email Kelsey Hankins at KHankins@porterloring.com or call 210-227-8221.
The second invitation is for you to join me for our annual “Forever Loved Service” on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00pm in the TBC Mulberry sanctuary. This special one-hour service creates a meaningful opportunity to remember and express gratitude for a loved one/s no longer living, no matter when they passed. In addition to the beautiful music, a devotional message and time of reflection, you will be invited to light a candle and share your loved one’s name. (Though in-person, we will use COVID-19 safety measures.)
The Forever Loved Service creates a unique tradition for you and your family to remember and give thanks for your loved one/s as part of the Christmas season. I hope to share this time with you.
Vicki Hollon, D.Min.
Minister of Older Adults