Family, friends, residents and staff of Michaud Residential Health Services gathered recently to take part in an inter-faith Memorial Service held in honor of residents who have passed away during the previous year.
“We invited all gathered to join us in remembrance of those who have gone before us, and those we had the pleasure of knowing and caring for here at Michaud,” said Activities Director Sue Parkinson.
“These residents and their families put their trust in Michaud and we felt it fitting to celebrate their lives and share in the grief many of us may be experiencing as a result of their passing,” she said.
The ceremony began with words of welcome provided by Mary Costigan, administrator at Michaud and the Rev. David Nethercott, president of the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches.
Sharon Wheeler of the State Street United Methodist Church provided opening sentences with the opening prayer led by the Rev. Jeffrey Knox, director of Pastoral Care at Michaud.
Carole Lescarbeau of the Greater Fulton Catholic Community and the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of the State Street United Methodist Church offered readings.
The Gospel was proclaimed by Rosemary Occhino and a meditation was shared by the Rev. Anne Wichelns of the Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Michael Weeden of the First United Methodist Church led prayers of gratitude and the Lord’s Prayer was led by Roxanne Stuart, president of the Michaud Resident Council.
As Parkinson recited the names of the residents who had passed during the previous year, a flower was placed on a Remembrance Wreath. Music during the ceremony was led by the Hamers and the Rev.Vivian Summerville offered a final blessing shared by all those gathered.