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Holiday Remembrance


Photo by Shari Harris
The Cat’s Meow led by Mrs. Brianna Link performed several holiday musical pieces for the encouragement of those having lost loved ones. Front from left: Zoe Swan, Rachel Wallace, Athena Crow, Cadrian Hutsell and Betty Jo Roberts. Back from left: Adam Trump and Dylan Link.

By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

The holidays are often a very difficult time for those who have lost loved ones. The loss does not necessarily have to have been a recent one. Gilbert Aguilar, Amanda Knoll, Jackie Flaherty and some very caring helpers recognize this. The first annual Holiday Remembrance Service was held the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Fox Funeral Home for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Eighty people joined with each other to honor their loved ones. A slideshow, with respectful holiday music, was presented which included those from 2018 and 2019 services at the funeral home. Each attendee who RSVP’d also received a beautiful angel ornament with their loved one’s name on a ribboned scarf. The service concluded with light refreshments.
                                                                      Photo by Christy Porter
A beautiful angel ornament was given to the
 Holiday Remembrance Service attendees at 
Tuesday nights gathering. The reverse scarf
tag honored by name the loved one.
Aguilar began the service with words of welcome. This was followed by song, “Joy to the World”, performed by The Cat’s Meow and Mrs. Briana Link. Reverend Erin McConnell led the opening prayer. Pastor Wentz shared, “Turn to Jesus as your comfort, God never wastes a hurt,” during his message of encouragement. The Cat’s Meow then sang “O Holy Night”, followed by an inspiring holiday message given by Pastor Paul Richardson. The names of loved ones lost were read by Pastor Wayne Carrigan and Pastor Rob Lilly. “Silent Night” was sung by The Cat’s Meow during the candle lighting ceremony at which participants “passed the flame” one to another, appropriate for the Christmas season and the occasion. Reverend James McConnell offered the closing prayer. Knoll and Flaherty shared closing remarks prior to dismissal.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and honor their loved ones,” says Knoll.
The local community response was good and more ideas will be incorporated into next year’s service, said Knoll. This will be an annual event; Aguilar and Knoll have held similar events at prior funeral homes in different locales.
Aguilar emphasizes, “We appreciate that the community came out offering hope and encouragement to others this season.”
Fox Funeral Home plans to make this a yearly event for all families. It does not matter where or when someone suffered the loss of a loved one; all will be welcome for the service. It is a beautiful way for Fox Funeral Home and their staff to show their concern, caring and encouragement for the Licking community in remembrance of the holidays.

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