PARIS – Approximately 40 people gathered in the Maine Veterans Home Multi-Purpose Room on May 4 to remember the residents who have died over the past three months.

The program was created to give staff, residents and family members a way to say good-bye to the friends they have lost in the facility. The idea came from the Bereavement Committee, who felt it was important for everyone involved in the care of residents to have a sense of closure.

Services will be held quarterly, honoring residents who have died over the past three months. Staff and residents will be given the opportunity to speak on behalf of the resident, and families, staff and residents in the home will be able to share time remembering their loved ones. Staff and residents also may take part in selecting music, readings and prayers.

“It is often difficult to let go of residents whom we have formed bonds with and are suddenly gone, and staff and residents are often not able to attend regular funeral services. This is a way of being able to take a few moments to say goodbye, and to share special stories with everyone,” said Nan Verrill, LSW.

A copy of each resident’s obituary will be displayed along with a candle and fresh flowers. Following the service, refreshments will be served while staff, residents and families can reminisce.

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