PITTSBURG — Holidays can be tough when people are grieving.

That is why local organizations, Via Christi Pittsburg and Mercy Hospice are each hosting special services and remembrances for people who are grieving.

Via Christi will host a service of hope and remembrance at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Chapel at Via Christi Hospital.

“It can be any loss and any amount of time ago,” Manager of Ministry Formation Pete Mayo said in a release from Via Christi Hospital. “We read their names and light candles for those whom we have lost.

“It is a way we facilitate the healing process with prayer, scripture and reflection.”
The services will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and a presentation on the grief process by Rev. Wayne Mason of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.
“All are welcome,” Mayo said in the release. “Please join us and light a candle for your departed loved ones.”

Mercy Hospice, co-sponsored with Carrington Place, will host a “Coping with the Holidays” program at 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Ozark Community Room at Carrington Place at 1909 East 4th Street, Pittsburg.

According to a release from Mercy Hospice, the program will offer guidance for people who have experienced a loss and it offers tips on how to make it through the holidays without a loved one.

Caregivers and family members are welcome and registration is not required. Refreshments will be provided by Carrington Place.
Facilitators for the program are Mercy Hospice Chaplain Melissa George and Mercy Hospice Social Worker and Volunteer Coordinator LaShawn Noel.