An Interfaith Service of Remembrance for Hope and Renewal — to give people the opportunity to honor loved ones who have died in the past year, will take place Saturday, May 2, at 5 p.m., at Wilton Congregational Church. This is the second time the service is being held, and it is sponsored by Hillside Cemetery.
“The [cemetery] board felt we’d like to have a service to honor loved ones,” said Pam Brown, a spokesperson for the church, which owns the cemetery. Noting the cemetery is open to members of all faiths, she added, “It’s a great opportunity to bring all faiths together. We may have different beliefs but we are part of the same community and we experience loss in similar ways.”
The service is being held now, she said, because it is meant to be “uplifting and create the feeling of hope and renewal like the springtime.”
The keynote speaker will be Father Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima. Also participating will be the Rev. Arnold Thomas of the Congregational church and Rabbi Rachel Bearman of Temple B’nai Chaim, who will offer inspirational readings.
As she did last year, Adrienne Reedy will provide music. “It was a wonderful service of hope and renewal,” she said of last year’s service. Candles were lit to symbolize grief, memory, community, joy, and love. There was also time for hope and renewal.
One of the most memorable aspects of last year’s service, she added, involved flowers, which will once again be handed out by members of Cub Scout Pack 17.
“We each got a flower when we came in,” she recalled, “and they were placed in a vase on the altar during a meditation. It was really beautiful.”
Following the service there will be catered hors d’oeuvres. No reservations are needed.