Every year since 1995, our funeral home has sponsored a Holiday Service of Remembrance.It usually takes place the first week of December at Olympia Hall in East Pittsburgh. Each family that we have served is invited to attend this evening of support that features a religious service by a local clergy. Our Professional Counselor, Jill Henkel Kazour , gives a presentation entitled “Grief and the Holidays”. Appropriate Christmas music is played and a personalized Ornament is presented to each family. The general public is also welcome and invited to attend.
Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other family times can be difficult times to celebrate when one is a recent surviving spouse. Another day that most family members and supporters don’t realize can be terribly difficult is Valentine’s Day.It is not a day that is easy to celebrate.
For this reason, we invite to a luncheon, all of the women that we have served that have become surviving spouses in the previous 12 months. The luncheon provides some socializing on a day that could have been special in the past as we honor them and offer thanks.
As with the recently widowed, we also have a luncheon for men who have become surviving spouses. Typically, it is held during the early fall at Grand View Golf Club. This luncheon is also an outreach program to provide socializing and support to these men.It also provides us an opportunity to honor them and give thanks.