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Local Hospice Provides Grief Support to Community During the Holidays

Legacy Home Health and Hospice recently provided an evening of support to grieving community members as a service of the hospice bereavement program.

After a meal served by Legacy staff and volunteers, a candle lighting ceremony took place.  Five candles representing  grief, courage, memories, love and  hope were lit by hospice staff and hospice family members. The candles were lit from an already lit center candle, which read “Beautiful Memories Remain”. The candles signify the journey  individuals take to work through their grief, transitioning to hope eventually, with the help of memories, love and courage.

Jil Fiemeyer spoke of her life and her grieving process since her daughter Jane and her father Danny Lorentz died last fall. Jill’s message was full of treasured memories of her family, and how she uses good memories to help her through the day. Jil helped all of us see how important sharing our memories with others is to help  work through our grief, and help  move on to a new definition of life.

Each person attending was able to add ornaments to the hospice tree in honor of their loved one with the finale being the lighting of the  hospice tree. The evening drew to a close with Christie Meier and Pastor Nate Lohr leading the audience in “Silent Night”.

This year’s event saw a significant increase in attendance, indicating the event meets a need in the community for grief and bereavement support. Hugs and tears were abundant throughout the evening, as were smiles as the evening ended.