North Oaks Hospice holds memorial service _lowres

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- Sister June Engelbrecht, center, shares memories of the late Rev. Ivy Williams with Williams’ wife, Evelyn Williams, left, and daughter Patricia Morgan at a North Oaks Hospice memorial service on Aug. 15.

North Oaks Hospice in Hammond held a memorial service Aug. 15 in honor of 120 former patients who died during the past year.

The service is part of the North Oaks Hospice Bereavement Program, which provides support to family members and caregivers for one year following the patient’s death, a news release said.

“It’s a sacred time — sad, but filled with promise,” Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator Sister June Engelbrecht said.

A video presentation called “Invincible Summer,” written and produced by Dr. James E. Miller, was shown. The video compares the grieving process to seasons, beginning with shock, then pain, comfort and eventually healing, Engelbrecht said.

Derek Selders sang several songs, and hospice team members called the names of each late patient as loved ones were presented with framed keepsake photos. The program ended with fellowship and refreshments.