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In Loss, Light

As part of the Fine Food and Fitness program, there will be a Service of Lights event at the George Henry White Center on November 30, 2023 at 5:30 pm. The Service of Lights is an adaptation of the Longest Night or Blue Christmas Service.

"Many people have experienced loss, whether through death, divorce, loss of employment, and the holiday season can be a painful time," explains program coordinator Carol Caldwell. "The expectation that everyone should be joyous and light-hearted often adds another burden. This event enables people to acknowledge and express the grief or sadness they may feel, in a safe and supportive gathering."

Together with Coastal Horizons, a local health provider, the center is inviting anyone--regardless of circumstances--to join for an evening of inspirational readings, music, and the lighting of candles.

"Taking care of our feelings is as important as caring for the body," Carol explained. "Having a moment to recognize what's happening inside--and to know that others are experiencing their own pain--can be healing."

The Fine Food and Fitness Program has been created with a grant from International Paper, and has introduced healthy meal preparation and fun fitness activities to residents of the nearby communities. The Fall into Health Fair, held in September, was part of the FF&F outreach, and the step to including mental and emotional health was a natural fit.

In addition to the service, refreshments will be served. Please come yourself, or invite a guest to come with you. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. No special attire.

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