2nd Annual Family Reunion
A gorgeous day and beautiful setting makes for a great day with families, volunteers and associates.
On October 25, 2014, Silverado North Houston Hospice associates, volunteers and bereaved families got together to see familiar faces, share memories, eat BBQ, listen to live music by the b-Flats and laugh! Some even participated in the annual walk/run! The event was held at Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. It was a pleasure to see how everyone mingled and openly voiced what a great time they had. One family member eveb said, "We'll see you next year" as they left for home.
In hospice, families, volunteers, and associates, share a strong bond. After losing their loved one, sometimes a void can become present for everyone involved. As part of our H.U.G. (hold, uplift, gather) program we have started this annual get together. This is more than a memorial, it is a chance for families to form lasting bonds. It has proved to be a joy for everyone.
Slowly, and with some ambivalence, I will begin to experience the new in my life.
Spirituality in its broadest sense is, quite simply, a way of life that reveals an awareness of the sacred and a relationship with the Holy One in the midst of our human frailty, brokenness and limitations.
--Edward C. Sellner
To be faced with the loss of a loved one is to be engaged—or reengaged more intensely—with the experience of the spiritual. Questions of our loved one’s survival, of our own relationship to the spiritual world, of our possible communion with the dead now or after our own death—all come to us with new urgency. Surely if we can summon an awareness of the Holy One as a loving, caring reality, we shall be miles ahead! We can bear the uncertainty of answers to our questions if we feel that the One who is in charge cares for us all, grieves with us when we are sad, and wills our good. This has been the yearning, and the confidence, of believers through the ages. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” said the apostle Paul in the Letter to the Hebrews. These things are no less real for being “not seen.”
--In the midst of my brokenness, O Holy One, may I be made newly aware of you.
"We are real friends now because we have been able to share some painful experiences in our private lives..."