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Local hospice plans memorial service

Next Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care of Sunnyside will again offer its memorial service at its office at 3920 Outlook Rd.

The service is held twice each year and is intended for those who miss or want to honor a loved one who has died.

Rev. Dr. Al Johnston will lead next week's service, which will including reading the names of those under local hospice care who have died in the past six months.

Johnston is a chaplain and bereavement counselor with Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

He said the second memorial service will be held in December to remember those who pass away during the last six months of the year.

Those attending next week's service are encouraged to bring a picture of their loved ones to the memorial and to light a candle in remembrance during the event.

For more information, call 837-1676.

"We give time for people to remember their loved ones. Give them an opportunity to do the kinds of things they would like to do. It's open to the whole community," said Johnston.

He notes the memorial services are part of hospice's mandated bereavement program.

"We follow the families for 14 months after their loved ones pass with counseling and bereavement care," Johnston said. "Also it's a resource open to the community to deal with grieving and support."

He noted the service is open to all, regardless of religion or if they are not religious at all.

"It's not an evangelistic kind of thing at all," Johnston said. "It's to remember those who have gone on and celebrate life."

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