FULTON – Family, friends, residents and staff of Michaud Residential Health Services gathered recently to take part in an inter-faith Memorial Service held in honor of residents who have passed away over the course of the previous year.
“We invited all gathered to join us in remembrance of those who have gone before us, and those we had the pleasure of knowing and caring for here at Michaud,” said Activities Director Sue Parkinson. “These residents and their families put their trust in Michaud and we felt it fitting to celebrate their lives and share in the grief many of us may be experiencing as a result of their passing.”
The ceremony began with words of welcome were provided by Mary Costigan, Administrator at Michaud and Reverend David Nethercott, President of the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches.
Sharon Wheeler of the State Street United Methodist Church provided Opening Sentences with the Opening Prayer led by Reverend Jeffrey Knox, Director of Pastoral Care at Michaud. Carole Lescarbeau of the Greater Fulton Catholic Community and Reverend Marion Moore-Colgan of the State Street United Methodist Church offered readings.
The Gospel was proclaimed by Rosemary Occhino and a meditation was shared by Reverend Anne Wichelns of the Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Reverend Michael Weeden of the First United Methodist Church led Prayers of Gratitude and the Lord’s Prayer was led by Roxanne Stuart, President of the Michaud Resident Council.
As Susan Parkinson, Director of Activities at Michaud recited the names of the residents who had passed over the previous year a flower was placed on a Remembrance Wreath.
Music during the ceremony was led by the Hamer’s and Reverend Vivian Summerville offered a final blessing shared by all those gathered.