Memorial Meeting for Residents Who Have Passed in Past 12 Months

Memorial meeting for residentsIn November, families and friends of residents who have passed away in the past 12 months, as well as QHCC administration and other residents, attended a memorial meeting in… QHCC Community Room. Lonny Burger facilitated the memorial.

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) holds as the basis of its faith the belief that every human being is endowed with the Divine Spirit, which may be directly experienced. The manner of worship is an outgrowth of this belief. Friends gather in quiet assemblies, mindful of the words, “Be still, and know that I am God.” They come together in reverent silence with the desire to draw nearer to God and to understand God’s will.

For Friends, a memorial meeting is similar in many ways to a meeting for worship. It is not only a time for sharing feelings of loss, for a time of gratitude for the life of the departed person. We reflect on the value of that life as it relates to the lives of all of us.

All present share in this. We sit quietly; at times an individual may be moved to speak, to offer a prayer or message that has come out of the silences. All are welcomed to do this.

The responsibility for the spiritual depth of the meeting rests with each attendee. Those who keep silence as well as those who give a vocal message do their part when they yield their minds and hearts to the guidance of the Sprit. The close of a meeting, including the memorial meeting, is signaled by a handshake among all who attend. Friends hope that in the meeting for worship a consciousness of the Divine presence will come to every attendee, to be a source of direction, strength and comfort after leaving the meeting.

At this meeting, we remembered:  Anthony Anderson, Thelma Bahns, Ruth Bartram, Donald Berry, Betsy Blythe, Genevieve Camp, Shirley Carter, Georgia Click, McKay Collett, Ann Lee Cowger, Regina Cox, Paul Curtis, Joan Davis, Louise Elkins, Frank Gibson, Ellen Grub, Jean Habel, Thelma Halley, Ruth Hartman, Betty Hurley, Eva Kerns, Nancy Lundy, William Madison, Dale Manley, Linda McGuffey, Mabel Mitchell, Vernon Napier, Ralph Peters, Marianna Snyder, Annetta Spurlock, Linda “Kay” Streed, Mary Stutson, Pauline Suttles, Eric Von Klinger, Gladdie Wilson, Wilda “Billie” Wilson, and Bonnie Zeigler.