Gone but not forgotten
By Chaplain, 1st Lt. Christina Pittman, 169th Fighter Wing
/ Published September 27, 2012
MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, South Carolina --
As we approach the holiday season when family gatherings and parties bring memories of good times, we may recall a loved one who will be missing from our midst. Coping with separation from loved ones is a process. This process is evident in the stages of grief like shock, denial, anger, and acceptance. One way to honor those no longer with us is by taking time to reflect and remember. Taking time to remember those who have passed on provides some closure to life's endings and helps ease the pain of separation.
If anyone has ever gone through the death of someone close, you can identify with the flood of emotions that can occur. Sometimes our emotions can be more than we can handle which complicates the grief process as we "stuff" our feelings. However, making space to grieve and remember is essential to our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health which results in a balanced Airman that is focused on their mission.
Your Chaplain Corps staff seeks to serve the total well-being of the Swamp Fox family. You are invited to join us for a special Remembrance Service at both the 0815 and 1100 Worship Services on Sunday, 4 November during the UTA. Everyone is encouraged to attend this time of meaningful remembrance--even if you do not typically attend our regular UTA worship services.
This interfaith service will include visual slides, music, lighting of candles, words of inspiration, prayer and personal reflection as the Swamp Fox family remembers friends and family who are no longer with us. For more information or to submit a name of a friend or loved one to be read at the service, send an email to: Christina.Pittman@ang.af.mil.