Idea If The Week: Going Old School To Deal With Grief

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Once again, as we moved in the Christmas rush last month, we slowed things down for a an evening for something that we call “Glowing Memories.” It’s a decidedly old-school event that we put on for folks that have lost a loved one over the course of the preceding year (or simply in the past, as some come year after year). It’s short, simple, and ends with each person having the opportunity to light a candle in memory of their loved one. I lost my mom a few years ago, and I will testify that this goes a long way to show that the church cares when we are in pain. This is very important – my mom had been a church choir director, and when she lost her own mother to cancer no-one at the church reached out to console her in her grief. That lack of love soured her strong love for the church for many years. I glad that we can offer this simple way to help our friends to know that someone cares…

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