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Salem Health hosts ‘Longest Night’ vigil Dec. 21

Dec 13, 2017

Grief and depression can hit hard during the holidays, especially if you’ve lost a loved one — whether it was recently or years ago.

The Salem Health Foundation will host its second annual Longest Night of the Year, A Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance on Dec. 21 (Winter Solstice) from 7 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard between Buildings A and C on the Salem Hospital campus. The free outdoor event features readings, music and a candle-lighting ceremony. All are welcome and should dress for cold weather.

“While everyone experiences grief differently, healing happens best in community,” said Salem Health Spiritual Care Supervisor Ken Morse. “This event will bring us together in healing and remembrance, as a gift to our community.”

The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) library has many resources to help with holiday depression and grief. Explore library resources, learn about bereavement support groups  or call 503-814-2325 (CHEC) for more information.


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