The Longest Night Service
Tree City Church, 3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713
Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST
The constant refrains we see about the holiday season's happiness, and getting together with family and
friends, remind many people of what they have lost. So often, the glow of Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and Advent candles can feel unreachable to those surrounded by loss or grief. The death of a loved one can make us
feel alone amid the celebration and joy. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to
know that we are not alone.If you haven't heard of it before, Blue Christmas is sometimes called The Longest
Night in the Western Christian tradition. This service is traditionally held on or near the longest night of the
year, December 21st, the Winter Solstice. It honors people who have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief
or loss of any kind. Usually, it includes opportunities for expressing grief, pain, and lament, as well as a
chance to focus on the promise of hope. This service is a safe space for those who are struggling to feel the joy
and light of this holiday season due to the loss of any kind. This service is not intended to be a healing service,
but an acknowledgment of the hole grief leaves in one's heart while simultaneously remembering that we
worship a God who is with us, even in the darkest of times and longest of nights. For those in the Boise, Idaho
area, you are invited to join Tree City Church (3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713) for their Longest Night
service on December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST. Kids ministry will be available for ages birth thru grade 4.
Learn more here: https://treecitychurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1503744
Healing to the Max Holiday Grief Support Groups
The holiday season can be daunting when we are bereaved by a traumatic loss by suicide.
Healing to The Max has scheduled extra sessions in their compassionate communities of support to help
as you navigate this complex experience of grief before, during and after the holiday season.
CONTACT: Jill Cowan at 306-955-7306 to register for a session and get the FREE ZOOM LINK.
To find out more about all Healing to the Max has to offer, visit: https://healingtothemax.org/wp/
Christmas Remembrance Luminary
December 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Cloverdale Event Center, 1200 North Cloverdale Road, Boise, Idaho 83713
Please join Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation, for a candlelight service remembering
all those that have gone before us. All are welcome to attend with family friendly, FREE event.
The candlelight service will be followed by a light dessert reception.
Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/469136981919043/?ref=newsfeed
Living with Grief - Festive Edition
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:30 - 8:30 PM AEDT (Melbourne/Sydney Australia)
Wed, Dec 7th, 11:30 PM PST / Thurs, Dec 8th, 12:30 - 2:30 AM MT / 1:30 - 3:30 AM CT / 2:30 - 4:30 AM ET
The festive season is typically a very challenging time for those living with loss. Creating Change
has decided to offer a very special Living with Grief - Festive Edition - FREE 2-hour online MasterClass
on Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:30 - 8:30 PM AEDT (Melbourne/Sydney Australia). Christy Roberts
from Creating Change is an Award Winning Coach, a Certified Grief Educator, and the Global trainer of
Self Directed Healing Practitioners. She is also a bereaved mother who understands the deep pain of grief
and trauma. In this Masterclass, participants will learn more about grief, practical strategies for coping
with loss in general, and specific tips for dealing with special occasions. You don't have to be grieving to
attend this class. Who is this class for? It's for those grieving and those in leadership and support roles.
All are welcome to attend. Creating Change is committed to providing a safe space for grievers and
helping people navigate the grief world. Their goal is to make the challenging road of grief a little
easier through education and other helpful resources.
Register to attend at: https://christyrobertscoaching.com/2-hours-grief-masterclass-festive-session-edition/?fbclid=IwAR0MtczTd3yPXJx-wXE0qsg8hexpo0fVxJTRaxRdoKMAq3ImrZV_ozhbuQE
Blue Christmas / The Longest Night Services - 2022
The constant refrains we see about the holiday season's happiness, and getting together with family and friends, remind many people of what they have lost. So often, the glow of Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and Advent candles can feel unreachable to those surrounded by loss or grief. The death of a loved one can make us feel alone amid the celebration and joy. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to know that we are not alone. If you haven't heard of it before, Blue Christmas sometimes called The Longest Night in the Western Christian tradition. This service is traditionally held on or near the longest night of the year, December 21st, the Winter Solstice. It honors people that have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief or loss of any kind. Usually,
it includes opportunities for expressing grief, pain, and lament, as well as a chance to focus on the promise of hope. This service is not intended to be a healing service, but an acknowledgment of the hole grief leaves in one's heart while simultaneously remembering that we worship a God who is with us, even in the darkest of times.
Here is a list of services from all around the US. Some will be available to attend virtually:
Thurs, Nov 17th - Messiah University - Mechanicsburg, PA
Wed, Nov 30th - Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church - Elk Mount, WI
Thurs, Dec 1st - LIFE Community - Corvallis, OR
Sat, Dec 10th - Grace CMA Church - Middleburg Heights, OH
Sun, Dec 11th - Southside Church of the Nazarene - Edmonton, AB, Canada
Sun, Dec 11th - Midway Baptist Church - Amherst, VA
Tues, Dec 13th - Zion's Lutheran Church - Trinidad, CO
Wed, Dec 14th - Waterstone Community Church - Littleton, CO
Sun, Dec 18th - Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church - Flower Mound, TX
Mon, Dec 19th - West Lake Christian Church - Laurie, MO
Wed, Dec 21st - Grace UMC - Parksley, VA
Wed, Dec 21st - St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church - Shoreline, WA - https://www.facebook.com/events/634647384680716/
Wed, Dec 21st - First United Methodist Church of Gilbert - Gilbert, AZ
Wed, Dec 21st - First United Methodist Church of Mesa, Mesa, AZ https://www.facebook.com/events/518643009689292/
Wed, Dec 21st - First Evangelical Free Church of Moline - Moline, IL
Wed, Dec 21st - Mt. Harmony Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church - Owings, MD
Blue Christmas - 21 Dec 2021Read Now
Blue Christmas Service - College Church of the Nazarene - Nampa, Idaho
December 21, 2021
College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho, invites you to join them in entering a safe, sacred space together to reflect, remember, extend hospitality and stand in solidarity with one another.
Silent Night Support - 24 Dec 2020Read Now
Silent Night Support
Thursday, Dec 24, 2020, Christmas Eve from 3:00 - 3:45 PM EST
Are you silently grieving a loss? For those missing a loved one this Christmas Eve, all is NOT calm and bright.
Silent Night Support is a virtual meeting to honor and speak of the people in our lives that we love but
can't be with this Christmas Eve.
The loss you or your family is experiencing does NOT have to be due to the death of a loved one.
Please attend if you are grieving a loved one you can't be with for any reason. It could be addiction,
incarceration, or untreated mental health issues, among other unfortunate situations.
This is a non-religious event and all are welcome.
Come to honor your loved one and find a few moments of comfort amongst the chaos.
If you would like to participate in the family-friendly grief activity that will be demonstrated,
please have the following available:
Small candle - electronic candles are better for young children
A clear glass jar candle holder
Clear modge podge
Tissue paper in different colors
A photo of the loved one (optional)
Words cut from a magazine that honor the loved one
Take care of yourself, find a moment of comfort and share your loss with others who can hold it with you this Christmas Eve. This special event will be hosted by Beth Tyson, MA, a psychotherapist, grief and trauma
specialist, and "motherless mom". She created Silent Night Support because she wants to offer you a
space to express your grief and connect with others on this tender night.
To learn more about Beth Tyson, Trauma Care please visit her website www.BethTyson.com.
Please register now to save your spot at https://tinyurl.com/silentnightsupport
The Longest Night in the Longest Year
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM MST / 7:00 PM EST
Join Pastor Carol Betts and others to acknowledge and give voice to the
many losses we have experienced in 2020 for this virtual, live event,
hosted by New Albany UMC.
Blue Christmas Service
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM MST
504 E Dewey Ave, Nampa, ID 83686
Recognizing that this season may be difficult for many, the staff at Nampa College Church has created a Blue Christmas Service, Monday, December 21. 2020 at 6:30pm. This service of lament, liturgy and remembrance invites us to reflect on the pain, the loneliness and sadness we may feel during Christmas time and offer it to God for healing and transformation. This service is not just for those who have lost loved one in this year.
This service is also for those who have faced difficulties with health, a job loss, financial setbacks, and situations that may have caused pain, confusion and fear. You are invited to come as you are, come with
your burdens and your concerns, and come knowing that God hears the cries of our laments.
This service will follow the COVID recommendations in place at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene.
Blue Christmas / Noël Blue
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM MST
Blue Christmas (sometimes called The Longest Night) in the Western Christian tradition, is a day in the Advent season marking the longest night of the year. On this day, some churches hold a service that honors people that have lost love ones and are experiencing grief. This worship service is traditionally held
on or around the longest night of the year, which falls on or about December 21th, the Winter Solstice.
The service often includes opportunities for expression of grief, pain and lament as well as an
opportunity to focus on the promise of hope.
In collaboration with the West Island United Churches, the ORA Loss & Living Program is presenting their
Blue Christmas / Noël Bleu virtual program. They invite you to enter this meditative space where grief, loss
and hope can be expressed freely and without judgment.
Register for this FREE event at: https://tinyurl.com/bleunoel
Christmastime (Wish You Were Here)Read Now
Bailee Rainwater is a songwriter based in Nashville, TN.
On 11 Nov 2020 she released a touching song called
‘Christmastime (Wish You Were Here)’ that's about grieving
and missing loved ones during the holidays.
It's a magical piece of music that will touch the heart
of anyone missing someone special.
Click the link to purchase the song for just $0.99:
Christmastime (Wish You You Were Here)
Follow Bailee on Instagram at @baileerainwater
Blue Christmas: A Reflective Service For Those Who Mourn - 20 December 2019Read Now
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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