Remembering Those We Have Lost

Remembering Those We Have Lost

Service of Remembrance and Hope



Each location at Bliley's offers an annual Service of Remembrance for the families they have served. 

This is a service to honor your loved one who recently passed.

This free, non-religious service is held annually at each Bliley’s location and is open to community members to honor loved ones who have recently passed.

A Service of Remembrance can be a deeply meaningful and helpful experience for families in grief, providing them with emotional support, acknowledgment of their loss, opportunities for honoring their loved one, and a sense of community and connection with others who share their journey of mourning and healing.

Emotional Support: Grieving can be an isolating experience, but a Service of Remembrance provides an opportunity for families to come together with others who share their loss. Being surrounded by friends, family, and community members who offer their condolences and support can provide immense comfort during a difficult time.

Acknowledgment of Loss: The ceremony itself serves as a formal acknowledgment of the loss of their loved one. It validates their grief and provides a structured environment for expressing their emotions, whether through tears, shared memories, or quiet reflection.

Honoring the Deceased: A Service of Remembrance allows families to celebrate the life of their loved one and reflect on their impact on others. Through eulogies, readings, music, and other rituals, families can pay tribute to the person they have lost and cherish the memories they shared together.

Creating Meaningful Memories: The service provides an opportunity for families to create meaningful memories of their loved one's life and legacy. Whether through storytelling, photo displays, or symbolic gestures, families can personalize the ceremony to reflect the unique personality and interests of the deceased.

Promoting Healing and Closure: Participating in a Service of Remembrance can be a crucial step in the grieving process, helping families to begin the journey of healing and finding closure. It provides a formal opportunity to say goodbye, express any remaining thoughts or feelings, and start the process of adjusting to life without their loved one.

Building Support Networks: Attending a Service of Remembrance allows families to connect with others who are also grieving, building supportive relationships and networks that can offer ongoing comfort and companionship in the days, weeks, and months ahead.




Actively remembering the ones we have loved is what keeps them with us always.

While it may be painful to bring up these feelings of grief, acknowledging the death and your loved one in a positive way, truly helps work through those feelings.

  • Make a memory book
  • Light a special candle on holidays and anniversaries
  • Make a toast
  • Create a playlist of music
  • Plant a tree or flower
  • Make a photo quilt or quilt with pieces of your loved ones favorite clothing items.
  • Get involved in a charity that meant something to your loved one
  • Get involved with a prevention charity related to the person’s death.
  • Hold an annual pot luck. Have everyone bring a dish that reminds them of your loved one.
  • Make a donation to a charity that your loved one supported.
  • Carry something special that reminds you of your loved one with you. Take it out and hold it when you need to.
  • Do a favorite activity of the person who died on their birthday and/or on the anniversary of their death.
  • Make/eat the favorite meal of your loved one.
  • Create a family painting or collage about the loved one who died where each surviving family member contributes a piece. Hang the creation in the house where everyone can see it.
  • Create an annual charity event in your loved ones name.

Make a plan for anniversaries and holidays. This will help ease your worry and the worries of those around you.

Grief and the Holidays


Don’t be surprised at the intensity of your grief.

Feelings of anger, panic, depression, despair, guilt or regrets, fearfulness, and loneliness, as well as physical symptoms, feel stronger during this time.

This is normal. It is not a setback; it is how grief is.

  • Help yourself by gaining an understanding of the grieving process. Read a book on grief, attend a lecture, or attend a support group.
  • Remember what has helped you earlier in your grieving these techniques will help you again.
  • Tell important people in your life that this is a difficult season and let them know what they can do to help. Don’t expect people to remember or to know what to do.
  • Don’t be surprised if others struggle, too, or if you see others hesitate to speak of the person who died. They are probably afraid they will make you feel sad, and are unsure whether you want to talk about it.

Anniversaries or Birthdays


For wedding anniversaries or your loved one’s birthday:

  • Can you still celebrate it? Of course, if you want to.
  • What can you do? Cake, balloons, party, dinner, or a gift to a special person (if it is OK with the rest of the family). But be careful if young children are involved. There is “magic” in birthdays and they may fantasize that their loved one would surely come back for his or her birthday.

For the first anniversary of your loved one’s death:

  • Let people know that the day is coming up; don’t assume it will be remembered, or you could be bitterly disappointed.

Plan what you want to do on that day visit the cemetery, take a trip out of town, visit your place of worship, or spend a quiet evening with close friends.


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