On Tuesday, June 2nd, the Spiritual Care Department at Little Company of Mary, Torrance, hosted
a virtual Service of Remembrance for those who died in the hospital during
the last three months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that in many
cases loved ones were not able to be present for their deaths, nor able
to hold services honoring their lives, this virtual gathering sought to
fill the need for ritual and give space for thanksgiving and grief. Caregivers
from the ministry were also invited and several joined in the meaningful
event. The service featured live singing by a soloist, readings of reflection
and inspiration, and the naming of the deceased, accompanied by candle
lighting and the ringing of a bowl. Approximately fifty friends, family
members and Caregivers logged in and participated. One expression of thanks
received afterwards said this:
Thank you for the wonderful service. The service was so touching with the
poignant readings and the gifted singer!
It was especially meaningful to honor my dad (and the others who lost their
lives) since we haven't had the chance to have a service for him yet.
My sisters, mom and I will remember the readings and apply them in our
lives as we move forward in our loss.
Thank you again