When you’re trying to heal, you don’t always think about how the healing happens, or the forms it takes. You just want it done so the pain stops and you can return to whatever normal used to feel like.
Throughout the chapel at Valley Funeral Home last Saturday afternoon, healing permeated prayers and conversations. It circled the dozen or so families who probably never met but were drawn together this day in a ceremony of remembrance, of honoring lost ones during the holidays, and of new steps toward healing the gaps left by their loved ones’ passing.
You’d see it in the puffy tear-streaked eyes that never quite dried during the hour-long service. It was ever present in the healing hugs volunteers received as they finished leading the group in prayers. It was in long moments of reflection that some spent alone in a corner of the chapel.