Rituals needed for longevity revolution

There is a need for rituals and prayers to respond to new life situations says Lorraine.

By Lorraine Doiron

The Smithers Film Series last film for 2017 at the Roi Theatre Dec. 10 will be The Other Side of Hope. Film starts at 6 p.m., a comedy-drama about the refugee crisis and an unlikely community coming together under difficult circumstances. Certainly a film for our times. A new list of films for 2018 will be coming out and I will share when received.

Rituals. Most families, most cultures have rituals for celebrating holidays and events throughout the years. There are new milestones as we live longer and a need to develop new rituals due to this longevity revolution. Check out this website seniorliving.org. I hear seniors deciding to downsize, to let go of treasures collected over many years, precious items from parents, children. It is so difficult to go through your “things” with all the memories that brings, trying to decide what you keep and what you let go. There is a need for rituals and prayers to respond to new life situations that we are moving into.

One question in a recent Zoomer magazine, author Sheila Macgregor notes a question asked, “Is it still adultery if you enter into a new relationship when your spouse doesn’t know you anymore?” Thoughts are to create a new ritual, perhaps a letter addressing a possible situation, doing it when making end-of-life decisions or when writing a living will. We need to start thinking of new ways to ease us, to help us with loss, transition and new beginnings.

Late fees owing on your Smithers Public Library books, videos or magazines? Now is the time to take care of that: until Dec. 19 you can pay your late fees by donating non-perishable food items which will be delivered to Smithers Community Services Association to help fill Christmas Hampers. Even if you do not owe anything the Library will be happy to pass on your food or cash donations. An easy way to brighten someone’s Holiday. Also at the Library Monday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m. is a holiday-themed Pyjama Story Time. Bring your favourite blanket to spend some cozy time listening to special Christmas stories and enjoying refreshments. A special guest is expected to drop by — I wonder who that could be?

Closing with: “Turning feelings into words can help us process and overcome adversity.” –Sheryl Sandberg

You can reach Lorraine at gradoir@citywest.ca.

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