Candlelight services remember those who have died
Hall Funeral Home's 17th annual service of remembrance has become a time to reflect on the death of members of the community.
Services were held Dec. 8 in both Waldoboro and Thomaston Dec. 8. Pastor Jennifer Curran, pastor of the Waldoboro United Methodist Church led the Waldoboro service while Pastor Seth Jones of Rockland Congregational Church led the Thomaston service.
During the program, the pastors shared their personal reflections about facing the first holiday season following the loss of a family member. They shared how to help yourself during this time and how to cherish memories, family, and friends.
The highlight of the program was the candle lighting ceremony. The staff at Hall’s read the names of the community members who died this past year and the family members came forward to light a candle in memory of their loved one or friend. After the names were read, everyone was welcomed to light another candle in memory of other family and friends who have died in the past.
Five candles were also lit by the Hall staff, with the following being read by the pastors, “ This candle represents our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you. This candle represents our courage – to confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives. This candle is in memory of the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other. It is in memory of the silly things you did, the caring and the joy you gave to all of us. This candle is the light of love. As we enter the holiday season, day by day we will remember the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. And this candle is the light of hope. Today and each day as you light your candle, let it remind you of the love and the memories that are yours forever. May the glow of the flame become your source of hopefulness now and forever.”
The families received a personalized glass ornament in memory of their loved one to hang on their Christmas tree as a gift from the Hall family and staff.
Mike Hall, owner of Hall’s, said “this annual service of remembrance has helped many families honor their loved ones, has provided a safe place to express their feelings and ultimately has brought hope to each family. In this Christmas Season, cherish your family and friends, and tell them how much you love them and what they mean to you.”