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Virtual Angel of Hope candle lighting

To the editor:

Losing a child at any age is something that no parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend ever plans on or is prepared for, regardless of the circumstance. We know all too well. As the holidays approach, this can be a tender time for those who are bereaved parents and families. As a seasoned bereaved parent, I always appreciate those who share a memory or mention my children’s name. We have a saying, “It may bring tears to my eyes, but music to my ears.” Hearing their name brings solace to our hearts in some way. (I wouldn’t want to be remiss by acknowledging that our hearts go out to any others who have had a loss during this past year as well.)

Every year on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., we hold the annual Angel of Hope candlelight service for children who have passed away, regardless of age. This may be an unborn baby to an adult whose parent is still alive and any age in between. This year, because of the pandemic, we will do a virtual candle lighting on YouTube. Please put “Adirondack Angel of Hope Saranac Lake” in the search bar. This is a time when we come together, take time to remember our children’s lives and the gift they were to us, and to bring hope.

Though this will be a different service without us meeting in person, we know we are joined together with many others who are on this journey. We are not alone. The public is invited to attend and support us all with your presence by attending on line. Please share this info. Thank you.

With hope,

Deb Jerdo

Saranac Lake

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