Join Us as We Remember our Loved Ones

Share their name. Honor their memory. Gather together in community.
Tell stories. Listen to music. Light a candle.
These are the ancient ways we have always found comfort and meaning in grief.

Please join us here – – online on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6 PM as we come together as a community for our annual ANGELS AMONG US remembrance service to say the name(s) and honor those who have died and live on in our memories.

We also invite you to join our CANDLELIGHT VIRTUAL TRIBUTE where the names of your loved one(s) will shine online from December 8th through the holidays. Simply send us the name(s) of your loved one(s) by clicking the button below by November 22.

Special thanks to our 2021 Angels Among Us Sponsor


Watch the 2020 Angels Among Us and the 2020 Candlelight Virtual Tribute

If you have trouble viewing the video on this page, please click here to watch the video directly on YouTube

If you have trouble viewing the video on this page, please click here to watch the video directly on YouTube

Bereavement During the Holiday Season

For more than 16 years, VNA Health has held its annual ANGELS AMONG US remembrance service during the holidays. As we are nearing two years of living through the COVID pandemic, the power of gathering together, even remotely, is profound for our community.

We say the names of those who have died and who live in our memory. We light candles in their honor. We acknowledge the humanness of our unique relationships — the possible hurts as well as the joys — and the range of emotions (sorrow, gratitude, anger, regret, anxiety, disbelief and many others) that may be present.

We weep — and we smile — knowing our beloved friends and family who have died are with us still, in our hearts. We refresh our souls with heartfelt stories and music. Most of all, we know we are not alone, and we feel the strength and solidarity of our beloved community.

The VNA Health Bereavement team has been acutely aware of the collective grief, pain and stress the pandemic has caused. We have felt the worry, fear and uncertainty in ourselves as well as in the many people we serve. But we are still a community, and we are all in this together.

The need for bereavement care and support is greatest throughout the holiday season, as memories and traditions can bring up grief and loss. We invite you to participate in these additional opportunities to help you during these difficult times.

Bereavement Resources

Attend one of our free Coping with the Holidays online support workshops in November and December.

To register for a workshop, please call (805) 308-9602 or email


Una consejera bilingüe está disponible para proveer consejeria del duelo sin costo en español. Llame a Mara Petrick, LCSW al (805) 690-6296 o envíe un correo electrónico a

Our Bereavement team will continue to support you with telehealth grief counseling, advice, and other resources, free of charge and open to the community. Please know that we are here for you and that we understand the need to grieve and feel less alone. From our hearts to yours, we send strength and peace.

Click here to view online resources for grief and loss.