This year the McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes will be starting a new tradition at their Rupert-Durham Chapel in Vicksburg as well as their other two locations. They be having a Holiday Remembrance service in Vicksburg at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3.
Each funeral home will have a Christmas tree with angel ornaments, one for every family they have served since last Christmas. The names of each person that has passed will be read, and families will be welcome to take their angel off the tree. According to Steve McCowen, “The genius of this event is providing a place for people that have had a loss to come together and support one another during the holiday season and celebrate a life that was well lived.” McCowen added, “Ironically, at our Rupert-Durham Chapel in Vicksburg we will be using the Christmas tree that Marilyn Durham used in her home. It’s a fitting tribute that a piece of her is part of a community healing event in my opinion, since the community meant so much to her.”
The funeral home is hoping the time together for families to meet and talk to other families that have had a loss will help this holiday season. They are welcoming all members of the community to attend. If someone in the community had a loved one pass away out of town or may have used a different funeral provider and would like to have their loved one remembered during this service, they may call 649-1697. The funeral home would be happy to do this for them.
People are welcome to start arriving for light refreshments at 6 p.m.