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Candlelight blessing-overdose awareness

by Kerry J. Bickford

August 23, 2021

We decided to do something a little different for our August 18th support group meeting. We invited Hospice Chaplain Chuch Micchiche to do a closing blessing in the last 1/2 hour in honor of all our loved ones lost to overdose and upcoming Overdose Awareness Day (8-31-21). Chuck conducted this interactive exercise to HAGIOS - Songs of Praise -- and participants lit candles - donated by Savage Light - in their loved one's memory which they then took home with them. The sun had just set and the lighting was absolutely perfect for this outdoor circle - and we are thinking this could become a tradition. (See photos of candles on table and circle of light)

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Kerry J. Bickford

VOICES Editor

Kerry Bickford,  editor of SADOD VOICES newsletter co-facilitates two groups (Nathan's Circle and Consoling Partners) on Cape Cod. Her son, Nathan, died in August of 2018 and her work is dedicated to his memory and the memory of all others lost to substance use disorder.

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