Coming together during the Christmas season

The owners of Hindman Bowers funeral service and crematorium in Golden will be holding a special candlelight service on December 15.

The Christmas season is supposed to be filled with laughter and joy but for people who have lost someone in the past year it can also be a difficult time of year.

Gary Sulz is the owner of the Hindman Bowers funeral service and crematorium in Golden. For the second year in Golden the company is planning to hold a special candlelight service on December 15 at 7  p.m.  for anyone wishing to come and remember those who are no longer with us.

Working in this industry for 31 years has given Sulz a unique perspective on how tough the Christmas season can be on people who have lost loved ones.

“The candlelight service is set up for those who have lost a love one. It is designed to bring memories out at Christmas time and to show people there is another way to get through the Christmas season,” Sulz said. “We firmly believe that grief shared is grief diminished so by bringing like minded people together, those who have suffered a loss can remember a loved one or loved ones.

Although this is the second year the event has happened in Golden, Sulz explained at their business in Revelstoke they will be holding the evening event for the fourteenth time.

The event started in Revelstoke after Sulz and his wife Chrissie (who have lost family near the Christmas season) realized how difficult this time of the year could be on people. “We asked what we needed to do. We knew there was a need for this sort of event. It seemed to work well (in Revelstoke) and after we talked to people in Golden and started it last year. We welcome everyone hopes it helps out,” Sulz said.

The evening is open to the entire community and there is no cost to attend. People receive a rose and a Christmas ornament to commemorate their loved one.

“People can shed tears, they can laugh, they can go through all kinds of emotions at this time. At the end of the service we have a bit of a reception where people can unwind and chat with others,” Sulz said.

In the end the service is a way for the family to help people get through a time of the year which is famous for happiness.

“It is said to be the most wonderful time of the year but for those who have lost a loved one it is absolutely not that. People are going out and shopping and having fun, grief can be compounded at this time of year.  By bringing them together and acknowledging their loved one lived and not just that they died, we bring a sense of peace. It does not take away their grief but it helps get them through the season.”

 

Just Posted

Music at the Hangar

On Sunday November 17 at 2 p.m., the Golden Seniors Centre will… Continue reading

BCTF rejects mediator’s recommendations for settlement

Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province will continue

Decorated army veteran leads Golden Remembrance Day Parade

After tours in Cyprus, Bosnia, and three tours in Afghanistan, Kevin Bannister… Continue reading

Turning back the pages: Please remember

From the Concise Oxford Dictionary, Remembrance: Remembering or being remembered, memory, recollection.… Continue reading

Metis Week recognizes Golden’s roots

Starting on November 10, Golden will be acknowledging Metis Week, a week… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

Port Moody mayor says stayed sex assault charge related to ‘awkward date’

Rob Vagramov said charge was related to a string of dates in 2015

UBC conference draws fire over speaker from Chinese tech company blacklisted in U.S.

The company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. over links to the repression of China’s Muslim minority

Norma Ballendine: The Golden Years

Norma Balendine: The Golden Years

Most Read