Christmas, one of the happiest times of the year, can also turn into one of the saddest and most difficult times of the year for those who find themselves grieving or dealing with the loss of loved one.
The bustle of holiday activities can intensify feelings of bereavement and grief triggered by treasured seasonal memories.
Myers Funeral Home is reaching out to the community this holiday season in an effort to comfort those who are coping with the loss of a loved one by holding a Holiday Memorial Vigil.
Randy Myers, Julie Yonaley and Craig Pritchett, of the Myers Funeral Home, are hoping the Holiday Memorial Vigil will offer some comfort to members of the community.
"After the loss of a loved one, the holiday season brings special memories and tender moments of sadness," commented Craig Pritchett, director of Myers Funeral Home. "We realize there are many in our community who have experienced loss and are bereaved during this time of year," he added.
Memories of loved ones can be especially poignant during the holidays. By understanding the needs of those experiencing grief, the holiday season can evolve from a period of sadness into a season of comfort, reflection, and hope.
In order to provide such comfort and hope, Myers has planned a Holiday Memorial Vigil to honor those lost loved ones.
The service will be held on Dec. 13, at Myers Funeral Home, beginning at 6 p.m. The Rev. Bill Dawson, pastor at the Sistersville United Methodist Church, will present the memorial service, which is non-denominational and open to the public.
Those attending are invited to bring a photo of their loved ones to be displayed throughout the service.
"This is our effort to reach out to those in our community who are grieving and need support," remarked Rev. Dawson, who serves as the Hospice Chaplain for Journey Hospice in Sistersville, as well as the Chaplain for the Sistersville Fire Dept.
"This service is open to anyone in the area who has ever lost a loved one," said Pritchett, "and there is no charge. Our goal is to return a measure of hope and joy to those who have experienced the pain of that loss."
"The holidays can be especially emotional," said Rev. Dawson. "We hope to help those who need it by offering our comfort and support."
"Our message is simple. You are not alone," added Dawson. "By coming together in fellowship we can share our support while honoring your memories."
Those who wish to have a loved one recognized in the candle-lighting service may register at the door on Dec. 13.
Anyone who wishes to have a deceased loved one recognized but cannot attend the service may request a candlelight memorial by emailing Myers Funeral Home at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 304-652-6531.
Refreshments, provided by the Wells Inn in Sistersville, will be served following the memorial service.