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In response to guidelines limiting funeral and memorial participation, the Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center will host, “The Elements of Loss: Remembering Loved Ones During COVID,” a virtual remembrance event on Sunday, June 28, from 4:30 to 5 p.m. The memorial service will honor and celebrate persons who have died in Kentucky and Indiana during the pandemic. It will be streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube Live and facilitated by Hosparus Health bereavement counselors, chaplains and social workers.

The remembrance will include music, a time for a reflection and a brief ceremony using the elements of fire, water, earth and air. Viewers are invited to participate using a vase or bowl, a glass of water, a candle or other luminary, and something that lives in or on the earth — pebbles or small stones, flowers or twigs.

“We understand how difficult it is to experience the death of someone significant in your life during normal times,” says Amy Hill, Executive Director of Counseling Services for Hosparus Health. “For families who have lost a friend or family member during the COVID-19 crisis, not being allowed to publicly acknowledge their loss, honor the life of the person who died or receive expressions of care from others has compounded their stress and grief. Rituals are a meaningful and important way to cope with loss, and that’s why we wanted to hold an event like this — to help families honor their loved ones and give them an outlet to more fully express their grief.”

Viewers may have their loved one’s name read during the service. Submit names by commenting during the live stream, or submit in advance here: HosparusHealth.org/Events/ElementsofLoss.

For more information, contact the Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center at 502-456-6200.