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Residents are invited to remember and grieve their lost loved ones Sunday.
The annual Hosparus Central Kentucky’s Holiday Remembrance service is set to begin at 1:45 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown with refreshments and the creation of photograph ornaments.
Attendees who attend can bring a photograph of a loved one to place in a keepsake ornament, which will be placed on a Christmas tree and can be taken home with the family. To fit the ornament, the photo should be trimmed to about three inches wide.
The remembrance service is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to include inspirational readings and music.
The event is open to the community.
Hosparus is a non-profit hospice organization that provides care, comfort and counseling to people and their families facing life-limiting illnesses in Kentucky and southern Indiana.
The holiday season often is difficult for people who have experienced a death, said Wanda Dobbins, bereavement counselor and clinical coordinator for the Hosparus organization that oversees the 10-county area that includes Hardin County.
Some who lost someone two or three years ago find it helpful to visit the event because it gives them a significant time to stop and honor their loved ones, Dobbins said.
The service can be helpful to those struggling with the loss and can help children understand the importance of reflecting on the memories of their loved ones, Dobbins said.
Hosparus staff members also plan to be there in case visitors need to speak with them.
Dobbins said she received six phone calls Wednesday from people looking for bereavement support, and a woman checking her out at the grocery said she wanted to come when she heard about the event.
“I am finding this year, the grief and the need for support is greater than I’ve ever seen it,” she said.
The services Hosparus provides are important because they offer end-of-life care that meets families’ needs and provides support to help them grieve in healthy ways, Dobbins said.
“We are there to make the end of life a part of living,” she said.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.