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Families mourn loss of loved ones as holidays approach

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

The holidays are a time for togetherness. For family and friends to share memories and laughter. The holiday season can lift spirits and put a smile on a person's face.

But for many, it's a time when they miss their lost loved ones the most.

Dozens of people came out to St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau on Sunday to help each other share in the grieving process.

The Community Memorial Service was held so people could celebrate lost loved ones through music, prayer and remembrances. For many who were in attendance, they had just recently lost someone.

Nancy Kester of Cape Girardeau said she lost her husband, Dale, nine months ago to cancer. She said it was very hard to seeing him day after day struggling to hold onto the time he had left and the time they had left which each other.

Kester has used hospice services from Southeast Health. She said that it's hard to accept their help because it causes one to face the reality of losing a loved one.

But she said it's a choice she is glad her family made.

"We felt very important that Dale was kept pain free during this time and was very comfortable," Kester said. "And he was comfortable with them at the house and having them around."

Many on hand at the service rose up and spoke, mainly keeping their thoughts on the loved ones they had lost. Kester said in a way it was good to hear others share similar stories.

"It's just another thing to help with the healing and to see that we're not the only family who has endured a loss this year," she said. "There's many of us that have and suffered in our different ways."

Crystal Montgomery, Southeast Health Hospice Bereavement Counselor, said when dealing with the death of a loved one it is always important to have plenty of support.

"They see other people that have tears in their eyes, their becoming choked up as they share a little bit about their loved ones story, it connects them as a universal family of people that are walking this grief journey," Montgomery said.

Kester said with the holidays approaching her husband will be remembered and missed greatly, but feels the journey she is now on without him will be better because the support she has received from so many.

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