On Thursday, August 24 at 10 a.m., Handmaker will hold a Celebration of Life for all Handmaker residents who have passed over the last year, with the help of Agape Hospice. All are welcome to join.
While it is rewarding and amazing to work with and care for older adults, the inevitable goodbyes can be difficult. Staff members often have spent many days, months, and sometimes years getting to know and care for residents, but they are not always able to take the time to mourn their passing.
Handmaker residents do not always have a chance to say goodbye to dear friends and neighbors who have passed either. Memorial services may be difficult to get to, are often out of town, or are private.
This annual Celebration of Life will give Handmaker staff and residents the time and space to think about and remember those who they have lost; with opening music by Agape volunteer musicians and a memorial slide show, lighting of the memory tree, words of comfort from an Agape Spiritual Counselor, and time for sharing memories.
Choosing the time to celebrate and remember these residents’ lives just prior to the beginning of the Jewish New Year is intentional. As we prepare for the upcoming Jewish New Year during the month of Elul, it seems appropriate to think back on the year that has just passed, and those who we have lost along the way.
This year, Handmaker will once again be holding High Holiday services in the Great Room in person, accessible also by Zoom. Special holiday meals and services are open to everyone in the community, and a full schedule can be found on the Handmaker website.
Reservations are required in advance for all meals and can be made by contacting Nanci Levy or 520-322-3632. There is no charge for residents to attend meals, but the cost for guests is $30 per person.