Tinsel ’N Tears memorial at Paintearth Lodge

Tinsel ‘N Tears Christmas Event 2022. S.Baker/ECA Review.
Written by Sarah Baker

Tinsel ‘N Tears Christmas Event 2022 hosted by Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium and Parkview Funeral Chapels was held at the Paintearth Lodge on Thurs. Dec. 8, the first one since the pandemic. One hundred candles were lit in memory of people who passed away this year and some from previous years. S.Baker/ECA Review.

Tinsel ‘N Tears was held at the Paintearth Lodge on Thurs. Dec. 8 for the first time since the pandemic.
With the upcoming holiday season approaching while a joyful time, for some, it is the first holiday season without their loved ones.

Tinsel ‘N Tears is the Stettler Funeral Home and Crematorium Parkview Funeral Chapels’ way of helping people through this journey, said Dean Ross.

“We do this at this time of year so people can take part and feel like the life of their loved one is being recognized.”

Each year Tinsel ‘N Tears encompasses so many different types of people, and so many different types of lives said, Ross.

“I think that every year is unique, I think that every family is unique and that as long as we are there with open arms people can learn that they can trust us, confide in us and allow us to help them through this journey in the Christmas season.”

During the ceremony, people in attendance had the opportunity to go up and light candles in memory of their loved ones. While people who died in the past year were automatically put on the list, individuals also had the ability to light a candle for loved ones who have died prior to last year as well.

“Lots of families phone in or come and give us names of their loved ones who have passed away and it doesn’t matter to us what area of the world, it doesn’t matter when they passed away, it doesn’t matter who served them at the time if someone wanted to take part and pay tribute to their loved absolutely we try to include everybody.”

One hundred candles were lit during the event which ended with a moment of silence and the song, Silent Night.

Sarah Baker
ECA Review

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Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker graduated from the Holland College Journalism and Communications program in May of 2021. From there she worked with other organizations as a multimedia journalist. 

Sarah joined the ECA Review in November of 2022 and comes from Castor, Alta.