The Sylvan Lake funeral home held a Candlelight Service of Remembrance on December 11 to help those grieving the loss of a loved one over the holiday season.
The service, which began at 2 p.m., was led by Reverend Jin Woo Kim, and included a lighting of the candles, a prayer of remembrance, a reflection by Reverend Chris Roth and multiple hymns and carols including “Amazing Grace”, “Joy to the World”, “O Holy Night”, and “Silent Night.” The service was followed by a time of fellowship at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church.
The staff at the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home stated, “We the Funeral Home staff, sincerely hope that this Candlelight Service of Remembrance will be a source of comfort to you throughout the Christmas Season, one of the most difficult times of the year that has traditionally represented the unity of family.”
The staff also included some helpful references on how to deal with loss over the holidays including talking with your family and friends, continuing to rest and eat healthy, celebrate old traditions and start new ones, try not feeling guilty for feeling happy and try to do something for other people.
General Manager of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, Ed Stevenson explained, “We open it up to everyone. It’s a service to help people through Christmas and see it isn’t as dark as it seems.”
He added the service has helped people in the past and that many families come in subsequent years.