An annual candle-lighting ceremony to remember those who have passed on in the community before the holiday season will not be stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead St. George’s Anglican Church will be holding two ceremonies this year and live-streaming the event for those who would like to attend from home.
For more than 10 years people have gathered at the church to light candles in memory of loved friends or family members who will be missed during the holidays.
It is a non-denominational event called A Time To Remember.
This year, in particular, is a difficult time for people going through the grieving process, said executive director of the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society Lindsey Willis.
“The whole challenge of COVID is adding a complexity to people’s grief,” she said.
“They feel alone, they feel isolated and trying to now gather at something is now taken away. So, a safe option to gather at this time of year is really important for people,” added Willis.
In addition to candle lighting the evening will include readings and songs.
Photographs of loved ones can be submitted for a slideshow that will be put together by staff at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel.
This year two services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4 and 7 p.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Road.
People who would like to participate are being asked to pre-register on the church’s website. Only 50 people allowed per service.
Submissions for the slideshow must be mailed in jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 27.
For more information call 604-463-7722 or email email@example.com.