Monday, November 20, 2006

Mourning Joy

Good Mourning Widows!
Today we take time to honor those men and women who honor us -- Widows.
On Tuesday evening, November 14, 2006, 100 men, women, and children came together for Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester's Annual Candlelight Rembrance ceremony held at the Knights of Columbus, White Plains, New York.
Arriving guests were serenaded to music played by a string duo and seated in a circle around a round table centered with one large white candle clustered in autumn leaves.
The room was aglow with mourning joy as men, women, and children who lost a spouse, a
mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a grandmother, a grandfather, a niece, a nephew, an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, a neighbor, a classmate, a best friend, came together to honor their loved ones in a safe place.
Four candles representing Memory, Love, Peace, and Hope were lit and as Anne Testa, LCSW, Spiritual Care Coordinator said the words,
"We will take our light from the passing of the flame among the people. We will now mark time naming the months of the year and acknowledging our departed by name, standing at our seat."
I waited my turn.
At the announcement for the month of May, I rose and said,
"Edward Louis Sclier."
The evening ended with remarks by Executive Director, George Batten, a Litany of Remembrance led by the Hospice Team, followed by a guitarist and violinist rendition of "Oh DannyBoy."
Everyone received a packet of seeds with the message:
"Plant this heart in your garden and wildflowers will blossom year after year in memory of your loved one."
As H&PC of Westchester thanked "Families Who Entrusted Their Loved Ones to Our Care," I know I speak for every family member that night when I say:
Thank you to
The Hospice Team
Steffani Brandenburg, Guitarist and Vocalist
Jonathan Dorme, Violinist
Mary Parquette, Family Member
Carriage House, Florist
Knights of Columbus Hall
And special thanks to
Hospice Team for Refreshments Provided
To the wonderful people out there who honor Widows and their families --We thank you! -- You do beautiful work. And we are sincerely greatful.
You know who you are.
Have a joyful day, Widows. And remember, we're not alone.
More Mourning Joy:
Q: What do mechanics charge to fix tires?
A: A flat rate.


  1. Donna
    What a wonderful site. It is so sad when one looses someone close, so I am sure you are doing a great service and helping many women through their grief.

  2. Linda,
    You always find a way to appreciate beauty in every situation--even in grief, you have not forgotten to make others laugh. A flat rate! Too funny!



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