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Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home and Cemetery Holiday Remembrance Ceremony

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Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home and Cemetery conducted an annual Holiday Remembrance Ceremony with a Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 19. The evening began with families registering to win a raffle – gift cards to local shopping centers.
During this time ornaments were exchanged for the beautiful Christmas tree stretching toward the rafters in the sanctuary. Each ornament was personally hand written with the name of someone’s deceased loved one represented at the ceremony. Families mourned their losses, and possibly remembered the times they had spent with the loved ones passed on to another dimension.
A time to share memories of people loved and missed brought moments of closure and acceptance with peace that can only occur when sharing with those who can identify – those who can understand the pain of loss.
Christmas is a time to giving, donations were accepted to help support families at local elementary schools. It is a time to reach deeply within oneself and give generously to one another. Donna Ammons, Northridge manager, set the tone for the ceremony and graciously led the events inside while Coral Gonzalez, the new Cemetery manager, eloquently spoke at the event and orchestrated the outside vigil. Organized, moving, touching and beautiful were just a few adjectives used by participates to describe the event of the evening.
As the crowd flowed from the sanctuary to the cemetery, with temperatures seasonably chilly, people were brought together in remembrance of those who had walked among us. Facing the season with kindred spirits, candles were placed on graves of those gone but not forgotten.
“A fitting close to this year’s event was discovered in the words of a man’s hope-filled heart revealed.”

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