Remembrance Event Planned Sept. 26 in Paris

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Horizon Health and other local organizations are hosting a remembrance event for those who have passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This special event – titled “We Remember: A Tribute Event” – will take place Sunday, September 26, at 6:30 pm, at Paris Twin Lakes Park. It is for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one during the pandemic due to COVID or otherwise.

The free event is being organized by Horizon Health, the Horizon Health Foundation of East Central Illinois, the Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties, the Paris Ministerial Fellowship, Templeton Funeral Homes, and Stewart & Carroll Funeral Home.

“COVID prevented many people from visiting or even saying goodbye to their loved ones,” said Abby Barrett, licensed clinical social worker. “This event allows community members to gather and grieve together as we remember those who were so important to us.”

In her role as a social worker at Horizon Health, Barrett recently helped facilitate a COVID grief group.

The September 26 event will feature live music, the dedication of a memorial wreath, and a memorial slide show. It will include speakers, a prayer, a luminary for each life lost, and a keepsake for attendees.

Submit your memories

Submit a photo of your loved one now. Or drop off your photos at the Horizon Health hospital front desk. Submissions must be received by Friday, September 17, at 5 pm.

For more information, call 217-466-4294 or email