Remembering loved ones
Every year in the St J’s group we give members of our four communites the opportunity to celebrate and remember the lives of their loved ones who have passed away. During this annual event, the names of those loved ones who have passed away are read out. An opportunity to light a candle for a loved one is given as well as time for quiet prayer and personal reflection. Bereavement is a painful experience. This annual act of worship aims to give thanks to God for the lives of our loved ones and to provide us with an opportunity to receive the comfort and healing we need when pain and sorrow is acute. Christ’s own words “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” are words which can indeed come true in our own lives. Over the last few years many people have benefitted greatly from this time. It’s helped them cope with their bereavement and to feel comforted.