As people entered Meinig Memorial Park on Wednesday, Aug. 25, they were met by signs offering invitations for reflection and an atmosphere of care. From 4-7 p.m. Mt. Hood Hospice held that public space for folks who've experienced loss to take time to remember their loved ones.
"Grief is a solitary journey we are meant to do alone," read one sign pinned to a tree leading into the area that hospice staff designated as the remembrance walk. There, staff hung contributed photos of loved ones attendees wished to honor.
More than 50 people from 33 different households attended the Time of Remembering, participating in multiple self-guided, self-reflective activities aimed to help people remember their loved ones and process their emotions. About 75 photos were sent in for the event, and the turnout was similar to that of the last in-person event in 2019.
"We ended up with a fairly good turnout," said hospice bereavement coordinator and event coordinator Laura Lirette. "Overall, the feedback was that people liked having (the event) in an outdoor, low-pressure space. People enjoyed the walk not only for seeing their loved ones, but others'. They liked knowing they weren't alone, and I think people found it comforting to be out in nature."
Similar to last year, the hospice staff plans to host a virtual Time of Remembering on Thursday, Nov. 4.
"I find it really exciting that we now have two opportunities like this spaced apart from each other," Lirette said. "I was amazed Wednesday by the people's generosity, sharing their stories with me. Being able to provide (this experience) to the community is really profound."
Give back to Mt. Hood Hospice
As a nonprofit organization, Mt. Hood Hospice offers events like Time of Remembering free of charge. Donations can be sent online at mthoodhospice.com/donations.
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