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Celebrating lives

First Posted: 1:13 pm - June 20th, 2015

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PruittHealth Ridgeway residents, family members, faculty and staff rise to sing “Amazing Grace.”

Chaplain Ken Lake Jr speaks at PruittHealth Ridgeway’s Memorial Service 2015.

RIDGEWAY — PruittHealth Ridgeway held its memorial service for residents, family members and staff.

PruittHealth Ridgeway holds memorial services twice annually to remember and honor residents who have passed.

“It’s an opportunity to just celebrate their lives,” said Carolyn Jessee, registered nurse and senior care partner for PruittHealth Ridgeway.

Jessee added the memorial service is a chance for faculty, staff, residents and the family of residents to unite.

The memorial service included a candle lighting, the recitation of lost loved one’s names, a rendition of “Amazing Grace” and a service by Chaplain Ken Lake Jr.

Lake said grieving is an important process and significant grief may never truly dissipate, but it is important to seek fulfillment from life and move forward.

“I think it is important that yes, we remember there are days when we are low, when we are sad, when we feel the weight of our loss and our grief, but yes there is reason for us to continue walking that journey, continue looking forward, continue living our lives,” Lake said. “There is life beyond loss.”

Lake spoke about the importance of recognizing life as a gift and treating it as such.

“Life is a gift, it’s all about gratitude,” Lake said.

Lake explained this outlook means treasuring others, and accepting because life is a gift, it can be taken away.

“I understand that for many of us, it may be not quite possible yet to feel gratitude or to center in on that sense of thanks giving, but know that, that is the best way, the only way really, through the valley, down the mountain of sadness,” Lake said.

Lake said this also means appreciating vitality and maximizing the opportunity each day presents.

“I want to encourage you today to make the most of this day, because it is a gift,” Lake said.

The deceased, whom were honored during the ceremony, included Christine Blanton, William Boulware, Mary Kinard, Charlotte Templin, Pauline Elliott, Mimi Distin, George Simmons, Gertrude Squirewell, Velma Brown, Wendell Brooks, Herbert Milton, Jim E. Hall, Robert Dreher, James Driggers, Lois Baker, Thomas McDonald, Carrie Sinkler, Jerry Culp, Michael Hunter, Pauline Fling, Bernice Murphy, James Roseborough, James Hall, Theodore Gurley, Mary Williams, Carolyn Key, Daly McGrayne, Robert Shirley, Bonnie Hall, Willie Ellison, Albert Burgess, Mary Thomas and Georgia Williams.

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