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Guzik Motors

November 24, 2011
The coming of the holiday season often brings on "the blues" for people who are facing them with a recent loss in their lives.

That's quite likely to be true this year for some of those who lost their homes six months ago, especially if they're still in trailers or other semi-stable settings and don't know when they'll be able to go home.

"People who have lost their belongings still have their jobs and handle day-to-day things, but when they go to the attic for those special Christmas decorations or other things, they aren't there anymore. The special items will have been lost," observed Rev. Ian Lynch, one of the organizers of Pathway to Renewal, the regional long-term tornado recovery group.

Over the years, Lynch's Brimfield Congregational Church has held holiday services to help those facing loss, but this June's tornado gives the season a bit of a different edge. He's planning this year's service for the tornado's six-month anniversary, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., and calling it "Hard Holidays: A Sacred Space to Honor Loss."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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