Honoring Loved Ones and Embracing Hope

December 18, 2023, Counseling & Support

Honoring Loved Ones and Embracing Hope

Gilchrist’s Twilight: An Evening of Remembrance

In Memory of Those We’ve Loved and Lost

On Saturday, December 9th, 2023, at 7 pm EST, Gilchrist hosted a heartfelt virtual event, “Twilight: An Evening of Remembrance,” generously sponsored by Sol Levinson. This event aimed to unite the community in honoring loved ones and finding hope amidst grief.

The evening began with a heartfelt welcome from Cathy Hamel, President of Gilchrist, who emphasized the personal nature of grief and the unifying power of enduring love. She encouraged a sense of community and optimism, concluding with a call to honor memories and create a brighter future. Dawn Tippett, a Gilchrist bereavement counselor, shared an uplifting message about hope and resilience. She highlighted the significance of holding onto hope, describing it as a positive spiritual practice that guides us through challenging times, often discovered unexpectedly. Amanda Jaska, another Gilchrist counselor, used the metaphor of a river stone to describe grief as a journey. She explained that grief, like a rough stone, evolves over time, losing its sharp edges. Each person’s journey through grief is unique, without set timelines or comparisons, but it leaves us forever changed.

During the tribute, a heartening video displayed the names of loved ones who are deeply missed. Participants were invited to light candles, creating a luminous tribute to their cherished memories.

The event was deeply enriched by the heartfelt performances of the Gilchrist Music Therapy Team. They delivered a moving rendition of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” a poignant tribute to loved ones who have passed away. Additionally, the team touched the hearts of virtual attendees with their performance of “Remember Me,” a touching song from the beloved animated Pixar film “Coco,” written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Their musical contributions added a profound and emotional dimension to the event, creating a memorable and touching experience for all who participated.

The event left participants with a poignant quote to reflect upon: “Grief is like a sharp rock embedded somewhere inside you. At first, it cuts no matter which way you turn. But over time, the edges of it soften—like a rock tumbled in a river.” – Carol Smith.

If you missed this moving event, you can still watch the video at the following link

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