Southeast Hospice hosts annual memorial service at Cape First Church

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Southeast Hospice Community Memorial Service gave people an opportunity remember loved ones through music, prayer and eulogies. 

Pastor Stan Hargis has been hospice chaplain for the last 15 years. He said trust and hope were at the heart of Sunday’s service. 

“It is a time for us to share trust and hope, encouraging those who have lost loved ones, an opportunity to help them in their processing, and to realize that we still care about them even though we don’t get to see them nearly as often as we did before,” he said.

Linda Phillips gave a eulogy for her mother Roberta Jean, who passed away in August.

“The ceremony today was good closure because my mother was not from here, so we did not have a funeral,” Phillips said. “We just had a graveside service for the family, so this was good closure to see all the people at Southeast Hospice who were there for me and to be able to thank them one more time.” 

Jean lived with dementia for the last 10 years of her life. 

“In reality, I probably lost her several years ago, in the mother that I knew, so it was easier to let her go and know that she was whole again and had a right mind and wasn’t in pain anymore,” Phillips said.

Phillips and her mother also share a birthday. 

“She passed away just six days before her birthday this year, and it was a sad time that I didn’t get to have my birthday with her, but I knew that she loved me, and I loved her, and I knew she was in a better place.” 

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