What is the joy of the holiday season for some is a reminder of sorrow for others as they experience a first Christmas without a loved one, succumb to an inability to provide for others, or maybe just find pain in the often over-stimulating environment that engulfs December.
For these individuals and those who wish to support them, a Service of Light will be held on the Winter Solstice Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Wanderlust Studio in Elkin.
“Not everyone is happy at Christmas and that’s OK,” said organizer Beanie Taylor, who decided to hold the service after learning the Elkin Methodist Church will not be holding one this year.
“It’s such an important service,” said Taylor. “It might not fill the church, but it fills a need.”
That need is for a quiet safe place to experience the sadness that the holidays can bring.
“It seems like there has been a great deal of loss lately. I’ve had several friends lose a parent this year and we seem to have been hit hard among my friends here in the Yadkin Valley in recent months,” said Taylor.
“I have seen a great deal of loneliness and learning to deal with the transitions of life as well as processing the loss of dreams and jobs,” she said. “We might live in a wonderful place where things are often happy and fun, but there’s a flip side we have to acknowledge, too, if we’re going to be healthy. This is an opportunity to do that safely in a friendly environment and to hopefully rise above it.”
“Holidays can be stressful for anyone for numerous reasons,” said Candace Brown of Wanderlust. “With Christmas being only a few days away I can’t think of a better way to sit back and relax, exhale any negativity I may be feeling, and inhale peace and light.
“Beanie has the ability to encourage us all to think about things differently,” said Brown, “and from a perspective we may not have considered.”
For more information or to RSVP, go www.facebook.com/events/201260327100765/, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.