On Nov. 5, county commissioners voted unanimously to declare November Big Bend Hospice Month, during which there will be two ceremonies to honor loved ones who live on in memories.

A non-denominational Service of Remembrance, this Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, offers a wonderful opportunity to honor loved ones as the holiday season begins. “Many times people become overwhelmed with emotions during the holiday season. This service provides a wonderful opportunity to pause to remember, pay honor and find support. This is a time for remembrance open to everyone in the community,” said Cathy Adkison, Big Bend Hospice president and CEO. 

The service includes performances by music therapists and words of encouragement from chaplains, who are part of the Big Bend Hospice staff. Grief and loss counselors will also be available to talk. The service concludes with a special candlelighting ceremony and passing of the candlelight in memory of loved ones. A reception follows, hosted by members from the county’s advisory council.

Need the perfect way to remember or honor a loved one? With a $2 donation, which goes towards caring for hospice families in the county, you can purchase and personalize a special luminary with their name and a message. Then join Big Bend Hospice for the Lighting of the Luminaries on Friday, Nov. 29, at Riverfront Park at dusk.

For more information, call Pam Allbritton, community resources coordinator at the Wakulla/Franklin team office (850) 926-9308 or 508-8759.