OGDEN -- Intermountain Homecare of Ogden is planning a public celebration to honor those who have died.
The event, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday near the angel statue in Myers' Evergreen Memorial Park, is an opportunity for members of the community to remember and honor loved ones who are no longer with us.
"Rituals are an important way to help us deal with the grief and loss that often follow the death of someone we love," states a news release from Mary McEntire, Intermountain hospice chaplain. "Memorial Day has been set aside as a national holiday: an opportunity for families and friends to come together to remember and honor those whom we have loved and lost (both in service to our country and as beloved individuals)."
There is no charge for the Thursday event, which McEntire states, "will be filled with music, a balloon launch, a family speaker and opportunities to share memories of a loved one (if desired) and to meet others who are learning that 'healing for life' often involves learning how to continue to find meaning in one's life after a death of a loved one. Opportunities to celebrate ongoing memories are important."
Refreshment will be served, so organizers are asking those who plan to attend to call Intermountain Homecare in Ogden at 801-399-1400 to let them know how many will be attending. If you have questions or would like information about Intermountain's bereavement education groups, ask to speak to Marcos Uboldi.
This memorial celebration is co-sponsored by Myers Mortuary. Evergreen Memorial Park is on Monroe Boulevard at the southeast corner of North 4th Street.
"All three Intermountain hospitals in Northern Utah (McKay-Dee in Ogden, Bear River Valley in Tremonton and Logan Regional in Logan) work with the hospice services of Intermountain Homecare in recognizing that bereavement education and support is important," McEntire states.
Memorial celebrations and bereavement education groups are offered in each community, each with its own distinctive event and theme.
Bear River Valley Hospital will have its third annual holiday memorial in December, in conjunction with the Bear River Valley Hospital Foundation and the Jubilee of Trees. Families will be invited to decorate and donate a tree in honor of their loved one. The trees will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the BRVH Foundation. For more information about this event or about the bereavement education groups held at the Bear River Hospital from noon to 1 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday, call Sean Horsley, LCSW, at 435-207-4741.
An annual memorial event is also held in Logan, as well as bereavement education groups, although the dates have not yet been scheduled. Those interested in the Logan groups may call Shannon Rhodes at the Logan Intermountain office, 435-716-5477.