Blue Christmas for those mourning loved ones
WHILE most people embrace red, green and gold for Christmas, some residents might be feeling blue instead.
The Stanthorpe Uniting Church will host a special ceremony on Thursday for residents who are bereaved, to give expression to their grief leading up to Christmas.
Reverend Kaye Ronalds said this was the fourth year the church had hosted the "Blue Christmas” ceremony.
"Often people feel like they are the only ones feeling like this,” Rev Ronalds said.
"But when you bring people together for a ceremony... they can pray if that's their tradition or they can participate in the ritual.
"It helps people feel less isolated.”
The symbolic ritual will include adding salt to water to represent tears, lighting a candle to remember a loved one and dropping petals into water to represent tender feelings.
Up to 25 people usually attend the ceremony.
"They usually cry but they're thankful they've had the opportunity to attend to their grief,” Rev Ronalds said.
"It helps to remember the loved ones at this time of year, and not to be afraid to mention their name.”
There will be a supper after the ceremony.
When: Thursday, December 13, 7pm
Where: Stanthorpe Uniting Church, 111 High St, Stanthorpe