Service brings comfort

Remembering a loved one during the Christmas season can be lonely.

Hafford Gospel Church held a Candle light vigil Dec. 11.

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People came together to reflect on lives lived without having to be alone during this time. The service included about 25 people. The Oasis Care Home also attended. Conrad Hunchak, pastor of the church saw a need for this kind of service during his ministry outreaches to the community.

Interspersed through the evening were hymns and short stories of encouragement. Melody and Glen Clark helped with music. Ron and Joyce Tkachuk read vignettes and sang. Lynne Hunchak also read and sang.

Four candles were lit and the significance of each was explained.

"The first candle represented our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you," Hunchak said.

"The second candle represents our courage. To comfort our sorrow. To comfort each other and to change our lives.

"The third candle we light in your memory. For the times we laughed. The times we cried. The caring and joy you gave us.

"The forth candle we light for our love. We light this candle that your light will always shine."

Hunchak added, "as we enter this holiday season and share this night of remembrance. With family our family and friends we cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us. We love and remember you."

After the lighting of the candles people were invited to light a floatingvotive and place it in water on behalf of their loved ones.

Also part of the service was reflection on the people who are still here with us and what we still have in loved ones who are a part of our lives now.

The service was held to bring a hope of healing to people. Many people came away with a quiet peace.

After the service refreshments and a time of fellowship was held.

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