ANGELS AMONG US is an annual community event where we can gather in remembrance and celebration of the lives of those who are no longer with us, but who live on in our hearts and memories.
Remember your loved ones with music, readings, reflections, a candle lighting ceremony, ornaments to personalize, and refreshments. All family and friends are welcome.
We also invite you to join our Candlelight Virtual Tribute, where the names of your loved one(s) will be displayed at the event and online to shine through the holidays.
To participate, send us the name(s) of your remembered loved one(s) with the enclosed reply card or go online to vna.health/aau2023. Submit your names by November 30th.
The need for bereavement care and support is greatest throughout the holiday season, as memories and traditions can bring up grief and loss. As we are nearing three years of living through the COVID pandemic, the power of gathering together, even remotely, is profound for our community.
We share 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.
We invite you to participate in these additional opportunities to help you during these difficult times. Click here for more information about our Fall 2023 Programs.
Loss of any kind is never easy, but it may help knowing where you can turn during this difficult time.
Our Bereavement Care 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.
To view online resources for grief and loss please click here.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with a bereavement counselor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our general bereavement number 805.308.9602.
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 email@example.com.