Community invited to ‘Remembrance of Life’ event to honor loved ones lost to pandemic

September 16, 2022 | 12:09 am

Updated September 16, 2022 | 12:10 am

Community Remembrance of Life

Glenn Family Services invites the community to a free “Remembrance of Life” event, where everyone can honor and celebrate loved ones whose lives were lost during the Covid-19 pandemic. Community members can also submit photos and biographies for a slideshow that will be played at the event.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on September 27 at the RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall. Submissions for the slideshow are due by September 20 (email the photo and info to [email protected]).

“Grieving during the Covid-19 pandemic was a difficult experience for many people. Isolation and quarantine made honoring our deceased family and friends in the conventional way impossible,” said Rachael Taylor of Glenn Family Services. 

The Remembrance of Life event is not only about honoring those whose lives were lost, but to also bring together people from all corners of the community.

“A Time to Come Together. To Honor. To Remember. To Heal. We want this event to be uplifting and give attendees a sense of peace,” Taylor said. “We would like for them to leave knowing the community cares about them; and their loved ones are not forgotten.”

Further showing how they are committed to bringing community members from all faiths and denominations together, Glenn Family Services formed an advisory committee for the event.

“Our advisory committee is made up of clergy from different denominations and members of the community,” Taylor said. “Together we chose songs, poems, and other selections that we hope to resonate with all faiths and people who don’t have a church home.”

The committee includes: Rachael Taylor, Betty Medley-Wallace, Holly Igleheart (all of Glenn Family Services); Donnie Thomas (Owensboro Christian Church); Pastor Jonathan Bonar (Pleasant Grove Baptist Church); Tanner+West; Fr. Suneesh Matthew (Precious Blood Catholic Church)’ Fr. Mike Clark (Blessed Mother Catholic Church); The Rev. Glenn Calhoun (Fourth Street Baptist Church); Kurt Hoffman (Christ Community Church); worship leader Derry Billinglsey (First Baptist Church); and Sally Knight Ward (Welborn Florist).

The Kentucky Youth Chorale directed by Madison Wells will be performing two songs, and local musician Joe Christian will be performing one song. Joyce Goodwin will be the pianist.

Dr. Jason Troyer, founder of, will be a special guest speaker. Troyer is a psychology professor, former counselor, grief researcher, speaker and consultant for businesses who want to better serve grieving families. He was a psychology professor at Maryville College for almost 15 years, but now helps funeral homes and cemeteries connect with their communities. 

September 16, 2022 | 12:09 am

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