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Family and Friends Gather for a Memorial Service at St. Luke Health Services

OSWEGO, NY – Family and friends gathered at St. Luke Health Services for a Memorial Service held in honor of residents who recently passed away.

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From left are: resident Francis North with Pastoral Care Coordinator Debby Greutman as they place a flower on a memorial wreath as part of a memorial service held at St. Luke in honor of recently deceased residents. The service was attended by family, friends, residents and St. Luke staff.

The ceremony was led by St. Luke Pastoral Care Coordinator Debby Greutman; COO and Assistant Administrator Catherine Gill; and Terri Pratt, Director of Social Services.

Kathy Zeigler was the featured soloist and song leader.

As each deceased resident’s name was read, family or St. Luke staff placed a flower in remembrance of the resident on a Memorial Wreath. Words of remembrance from family, songs, prayers and even laughter when joyful memories of residents’ lives were recounted, were all a part of the ceremony.

A slide presentation sharing memories also made the ceremony a special event for those attending.

“Families put their trust in St. Luke and we think it is appropriate to both remember and to celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us, and also to share in the feelings of loss families may be experiencing,” said Greutman, who helped organize the memorial service.