The Longest Night event will be held at the Rimbey United Church on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. (File photo)

The Longest Night event will be held at the Rimbey United Church on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. (File photo)

Rimbey’s Longest Night

Rimbey residents who are grieving a loved one and needing some support this holiday season, will have the opportunity to gather during the Longest Night.

On Dec. 21 the Rimbey United Church will host the event, where those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, whether it is recently or from the past can come out and get support from others and feel a little less alone this season.

“The holidays are a time to rejoice with family, but when we lost someone who was dear to us, it makes Christmas more challenging. This service is meant to bring comfort and solace to them. They are not alone,” said Marco Ste-Marie, Pastor at Rimbey United Church. “This event is not about what you believe or don’t believe, or belonging to a church or not. The Longest Night is a safe space to feel hope and comfort in this time of year.”

“The pandemic has complicated all our relationships, and losing a loved one when you have to isolate is devastating. Grieving is best done in community and with family. Rimbey is a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone. This event is important for us as a community,” said Ste-Marie.

“We lost many great people in this town lately. We have been isolated for so long and who knows how much longer. People just need to bring their smiles or tears. All are welcome, no questions asked.”

The Longest Night event will be held at the Rimbey United Church on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.