Dealing with grief

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Speaker & Worship Leader:- John DiLeo

Dealing with grief
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John DiLeo © 26th March 2023

Today, I’m reprising – nearly in its entirety – a service I led in September 2019. At that service, our guest speaker, Jean McElhaney, presented a talk titled “How can awareness of death enrich life?”

We reached out to Jean, to see if she might be willing to join us again today, but we were unable to get in touch. I considered simply playing the recording of her talk from our website, but ended up going in a slightly different direction: I’ll be playing a recorded TED Talk from 2016, on a similar topic.

What makes life worth living in the face of death” by Lucy Kalanithi
given at TEDMED 2016


Welcome:- “Sanctuary of the Soul” by David R. Chapman

Opening words:- Spirit of Life and Hope” by Clarke Dewey Wells

Chalice Lighting:- In the Mystery of Life About Us There is Light” by George Kimmich Beach 

Song:- “Spirit of Life” by Carolyn McDade,
Performed by TheGWVibes DC, USA.

Time for all ages:- The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst

Meditation:- Living Brings Us Closer to Dying” , by Helen Lutton Cohen

Closing words:- The Purpose of This Community is to Help Its People Grow” by Erik Walker Wikstrom