We’ve just had the first two “Time of Remembrance” candlelighting memorial services at our Federal Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard locations. It might sound strange to tell you that these are some of my favorite things I get to do each year. In a time that can seem like the rest of the world is celebrating, as grieving people we can feel like we don’t fit in. Our candlelighting services are a place where everyone understands and are there because their hearts feel similarly.
These very simple services are gentle and tender and seem to bring comfort to those who attend. As people enter, we ask them to write the name of the person or persons they are remembering this evening. Each person receives a candle before they are seated. I share some thoughts and suggestions about ways to care for yourself during the holiday season. People have given me so many gifts over the 12 years we have held these gatherings through the personal stories they relate. We then read the names of people we are remembering that evening. We then light five symbolic candles and the light is shared with all who are present.
As the candles are lit, we play a beautiful song by a talented man named Paul Alexander. His song, “I Will Light a Candle for You” is just right for the focus of this ritual. We share in a responsive prayer that is inclusive to all faiths. People are invited to sit in the peace and quiet of that time and space for as long as they wish before joining with us for some refreshments. Last evening I was so struck by the lingering warmth of the entire group that sat in reflection for ten minutes after the program concluded. It felt like we were on holy ground, indeed.
There are five more Time of Remembrance services that we invite you to attend. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, December 9- 5303 E. County Line Rd.
Monday, December 13- 9998 Grant St.
Tuesday, December 14- 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Thursday, December 16- 3201 S. Parker Rd.
Monday, December 20- 7577 W. 80th Ave.
All begin at 7 pm and last about one hour. Please RSVP to 303-745-1771 x342 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, please feel free to call me on my cell # 720-284-2652.
Peace to you,
Director of Grief Support & Community Education