Sharing grief, helping others

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Today will mark the seventh year GriefSHARE and the Greene County district attorney’s office is sponsoring the somber yet uplifting memorial service “The Empty Chair: A Time for Remembrance.”


The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, but we recognize that for some people grieving over the loss of a loved one, a season of festive parties, carols and presents can be extremely difficult.


And for these families, a chair around the Christmas dinner table will be empty.


During the service at Greene Community Church, Waynesburg, candles will be lit representing grief, courage, memory, love and hope. Those attending are encouraged to bring a photograph of their deceased loved one to share with other grieving families and to post it on a memory board.


Sandy Seybold, a member of the GriefSHARE support group, who lost her son, Chad, in 2004 from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash, said the service helps people deal with the loss of a loved one, and we don’t doubt this service has helped her and her family deal with the loss of Chad.


Whether you have lost a loved one or know of someone who has, we encourage you to attend this service. Those who are no longer here are missed the most during the holidays.


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