Service of Remembrance and Healing

This Sunday’s service is a combination of presentation and ritual, and if you want to go in depth—a creative opportunity for you at home. My talk will share ideas and stories from an exciting new text: “Grief Reimagined—50 Creative Strategies to Build Resilience” by Christine Kortbein and Catherine Tyink. One of their strategies is to build a home altar. Since we are all spending more time at home, let’s give this is a try and do some resilience building by creating a home altar. Big or small—I believe it will be healing for you!

Per the authors, “What to put on your home altar—anything goes!” A partial list of ideas: photographs of family members or pets, alive or deceased. Candles, incense, sage, bells or chimes. Items of nature: shells, rocks, crystals, feathers, plants. In addition: quotations, prayers, artwork, music. In other words, make it your own!

Moreover, this service is a time for remembrance of loved ones who have died. Together we will do this in a heartfelt—virtual—ritual. You will have the opportunity to share the name(s) of your loved one, a short story, and if you like show us a photo or memento and/or your altar! Through this remembering and sharing we build resilience and in time heal.

Rev. Dean Staffanson has served terminally ill patients and their families for sixteen years as a hospice chaplain for the Gundersen Health System. Dean is also a member of this Fellowship and thankful for their endorsement of his community ministry. He is an ordained UU Minister, and received his Master of Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana.

Meeting ID: 929 4191 2012   Passcode: healing

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