Virtual Service of Remembrance Honors Loved Ones

posted on Monday, November 23, 2020 in General

The holidays can be a difficult time for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one; yet it’s also an important time to remember those loved ones. The annual Service of Remembrance, sponsored by Hospice of Spencer Hospital, Abben Cancer Center, Warner Funeral Home, Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation, and area clergy, is a special time to celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones and honor their memories.

This year, rather than gathering in person, the Service of Remembrance will be broadcast on local public access television and will be available online.  The 2020 Service of Remembrance will be aired on Spencer Municipal Utilities’ channel 2 at 6:30 PM on Monday, Nov. 30. It will also be available to view on Spencer Hospital’s website by following this link: 2020 Service of Remembrance. It can also be viewed on Spencer Hospital's Facebook page, as well as Warner Funeral Home’s website ( and Facebook page. SMU will rebroadcast the service on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 3 PM and on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 11 AM.  

“The holiday season can be a difficult time for grieving people,” commented Pastor Deb Mechler, spiritual director for Hospice of Spencer Hospital. “As the infectious rate for COVID-19 remains high in our region, we wish to protect all those who may be vulnerable to illness and to do so, we have decided not to gather together this year. Instead, we invite anyone who has lost a loved one this year or previously, to join us from the safety and comfort of their homes for a communal experience of worship, remembrance, and hope.”    

Mechler said in addition to the short spiritual message, online viewers will have an opportunity to reflect and honor their loved ones through viewing a special slide show and listening to inspiring music.  All are invited to light a candle to symbolize their loved one as they watch the service.