Langley has blue Christmas events organized by two local groups for those who are grieving or are struggling emotionally during the holidays. (File photo)

Langley has blue Christmas events organized by two local groups for those who are grieving or are struggling emotionally during the holidays. (File photo)

Langley’s blue Christmas events offer a quiet space during the hectic holidays

The season can feel lonely when all around are happy and festive

The joviality of Christmas can be hard to handle for those who have experienced the death of a loved one or other negative life-altering events.

That’s why there are groups in the community that offer a quiet space for those who find the holidays an emotionally challenging time. The following events are offered free of charge.

Brookswood Baptist hosts a Blue Christmas service starting Friday at 6 p.m.

It’s the first time the church has held a non-denominational service of this kind.

“It is okay to be sad during Christmas,” said Pamelina Chang, the church’s youth pastor and community liaison.

The service is open to all and is not solely Christian but suitable for all faiths.

“All the pain and suffering that people experience during the season is the same,” Chang said.

The idea for hosting such as service came from a need seen in the church community.

“We saw an increase in the church in the past few years, just more people who have a hard time this time of year,” she said.

As well, the church has had more people come in asking for help for family.

The service will include music and the lighting of candles to represent the sentiments involved in significant negative events in life, such as the grief of death, trauma, significant personal loss or life change.

“Our world is so busy now you often don’t get time to reflect,” she said. “One of the most important things about going through grief is to be in your pain” and not ignore what is being felt.

The church is at 20561 36th Ave. and the service is followed by refreshments. People can register at eventbrite.ca or drop in as needed. The church has ample space for people including those who want to attend in support of family or friends.

The Langley Hospice Society has two workshops on Dec. 3. Coping with Grief During the Holidays is for those grieving. People can access help and information on how to navigate the holiday season.

“Once again, we’re approaching the holiday season, and although it is a festive time of sharing and goodwill, with family and friends coming together during this joyous season of celebration, for many who have experienced the death of a loved one, it can be a difficult and overwhelming time,” said Shannon Todd Booth, the society’s manager of communications and funds development.

People can sign up for a free workshop that runs from 10 a.m. to noon or the two-hour evening workshop that starts at 6:30 p.m. The workshops take place at the hospice society’s program centre, 20660 48th Ave.

To allow for planning, organizers ask that people sign up in advance.

For more information or to register, contact Linda at 604-530-1115 or adultgriefsupport@langleyhospice.com.

“If you are unable to attend this evening but would like to honour the memory of a loved one, please stop by our Celebrate A Life display at Miracle on Church Street an outdoor festival in Fort Langley,” she added.

Miracle on Church Street happens on the weekends of Dec. 6 to 8, and 13 to 15.

“The society will be hosting our memorial trees and inviting community members to remember a loved one by writing on a memorial ornament and placing it on the tree, or by making a special dedication in our Memorial Book,” Todd Booth said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley-Aldergrove MP Tako van Popta will be at a ceremony marking 70 years since Canadian soldiers fought at the Battle of Kapyong, held at the Gapyeong Memorial in Langley’s Derek Doubleday Arboretum on Friday, April 16. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley battle memorial marks 70 years since pivotal clash in Korean War

The Gapyeong Memorial will host a small, private ceremony this Friday

Prince George Cougars triumph over the Langley-based Vancouver Giants Monday night, by the score of 4-1. That follows a similar defeat on Saturday by the same team. (Cougar’s Allen Douglas/Special to Black Press Media)
Vancouver Giants fall in 4-1 loss to Prince George

WHL hockey team goes up against Victoria in Kamloops on Thursday

COVID-19 virus (file photo).
COVID cases recorded at 5 Langley schools

14 schools remain on Fraser Health exposure list

Trinity Western University’s Student Association organized a celebration parade for graduating students Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Trinity Western University/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
University student association hosts grad parade at Langley campus

Students honoured with special Saturday event

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July, 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
Judge to rule on final witness in Langley child murder trial

The trial of KerryAnn Lewis has lasted far longer than expected

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 5, 2021. The province has restricted indoor dining at all restaurants in B.C. due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 indoor dining, drinking ban extending into May

Restaurant association says patio rules to be clarified

In a 2019 photograph, Yin Yin Din held a picture of her brother Kyaw Naing Din, 54, and her late father Hla Din who passed away in 2014, during a trip to Victoria. (The News files)
Family of B.C. man killed by cop appeals to Attorney General for help

The Din family want B.C. Attorney General David Eby to forward their case to Crown

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
Tougher COVID-19 restrictions in B.C., including travel, still ‘on the table’: Horgan

John Horgan says travel restrictions will be discussed Wednesday by the provincial cabinet

Protesters occupied a road leading to Fairy Creek Watershed near Port Renfrew. (Submitted photo)
B.C. First Nation says logging activist interference not welcome at Fairy Creek

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht concerned about increasing polarization over forestry activities

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Flow Academy is not accepting membership applications from anybody who has received a dose of the vaccine, according to a password-protected membership application form. (Submitted image)
B.C. martial arts gym refusing patrons who have been vaccinated, wear masks

Interior Health has already issued a ticket to Flow Academy for non-compliance with public health orders

Of 46 arrests made between March 16 and 19 at Metrotown mall in Burnaby, 27 suspected shoplifters are now facing charges. (Twitter/Burnaby RCMP)
RCMP arrest 46 people in 4 days during Metrotown shoplifting crackdown

$4,800 in stolen merchandise was recovered and returned to businesses inside of the mall

Kao Macaulay has been charged in relation to a home break-in on March 30 in Abbotsford in which five kittens were stolen. (Facebook photo)
‘Prolific offender’ charged with theft of 5 newborn kittens in Abbotsford

Kao Macaulay, 23, is accused of breaking into home on March 30

Sheila Malcolmson, B.C.’s minister of mental health and addictions (Screen shot)
Minister of mental health tells Surrey audience COVID-19 ‘has made everything worse’

More than 23,000 people in B.C. are receiving medication to treat opioid addiction

Most Read