For over 20 years, the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home has held an event to help residents with the struggle of losing a loved one.
The Candlelight Service of Remembrance is an event that hopes to help ease the pain families and friends may feel throughout the holiday season after losing someone they care about.
Ed Stevenson, Manager of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, is happy that the home provides this service over the holiday season.
“Christmas is supposed to be a family time and then someone is missing,” he said. “It is a service to help them through that.”
The service is intended to be available for anyone who wishes to attend and pay tribute to their loved ones.
“We open it up to everyone – it doesn’t have to be people involved with our funeral home,” Stevenson said. “It can be anywhere from the community or surrounding area.”
The service has been helpful in the past for those dealing with grief added Stevenson.
“It’s a help service to help them get through Christmas and see it isn’t as dark as it seems,” he said. “There is some hope beyond.”
He added, “We have had good feedback in the past. Families have felt it helped and we have had families come back for five or six years in a row now.”
The service begins at 2 p.m. on December 11 at the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home with a planned program followed by a time of fellowship accompanied by refreshments. The Sylvan Lake Funeral Home also hands out remembrance pins and attendees can keep their service candle.
If you would like more information about the vigil, you can contact the funeral home at 403 887 2151.