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They were the names of people who were not with their family and friends in the church pews at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon.

There was the name of a beloved husband who died just a month ago; there was the name of a beloved son who died more than a decade ago.

Recent grief mixed with old as people asked God Why be alone during the holidays Duluth first help them cope. It's called a Blue Christmas service, one that's focused on helping people who are struggling with sadness, loss or depression at this time of year, said St. Paul's Pastor Bill Van Oss. Not everyone feels particularly merry around the holidays, Van Oss said.

Perhaps someone close to them has died, perhaps their own health is failing, or perhaps they have painful memories of troubled family gatherings.

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It's a time when it's easy to believe the whole world gfe escorts houston jolly and merry - except you, Van Oss said. Van Oss wanted the service to "acknowledge that, and honor that," he told those Why be alone during the holidays Duluth first had gathered beneath the church's vaulted ceiling. He and members of the congregation crafted a service that relied on meditative music and Scripture, and offered time for alnoe to be still and reflect.

It was the first such service at St. Paul's, and it may have been the first service open to anyone in Duluth.

Congregation member Barbara Weller proposed having the service, in part because she remembers how difficult the holidays were after both her parents meet your match online within months of each.

And she remembers the holdiays she had during that time: That light, she realized, symbolized not only the birth of Jesus, but the very meaning of Christmas.

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That realization helped her deal with her sadness during those first holidays, and nearly every one. Sue Bowman of Duluth was sharply aware that this Christmas would be so much beaumont back pages than any from the last 30 years. Her longtime husband, Tyra escort surgeon and developer Peter Boman, Why be alone during the holidays Duluth first unexpectedly a month ago.

Van Oss lit four candles during the service: As he lit the first candle, Van Oss holjdays people to name their loved ones, either aloud or in silence; and that's when Peter Boman's name broke the silence. Boman's cousin, Shari Johnson of Duluth slipped an arm around her shoulder for a moment of comfort.

Steve Hauck also spoke a name in that moment of stillness: And toward the back of golidays church, Danielle Gardlin was mourning a different kind of loss. This will be the first Christmas she will spend without her parents after they moved to Texas earlier this year.

As she sang softly and prayed in the church, Gardlin said her loneliness lifted a little. Trending Articles.

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