Service to remember lives of loved ones this holiday season

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Moss-Norris Funeral Home is preparing for its annual Service of Remembrance – an afternoon dedicated to commemorating a loved one who has recently died.

Bryan Moss, owner of Moss Funeral Homes in St. Charles and Batavia, said he started the annual service six or seven years ago to help support those who might be spending their first Christmas without a loved one.

“It’s before Christmas, and it’s a hard time already,” he said. “Most people are going through their first Christmas without them, so we decided to bring everyone together for a service. We all have something in common there – you lost a loved one this year or maybe last year, and you’re still grieving.”

The Rev. Michael Rasicci from Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will speak at the service, which includes a short presentation about grief and the holidays, as well as live instrumental music.

Moss said they make glass angel ornaments etched with the name, birth date and date of death of each family’s loved one who passed.

The ornaments hang on a tree, and as each name is called off, families come to the front to receive their ornament and light a candle in remembrance.

“It was just amazing after the first service we had how many people that didn’t know each other stood around and talked to each other afterward,” Moss said. “I thought, wow, this is something that has been lost in our profession.”

The funeral home reaches out to families that have used the funeral home’s services in the last year, inviting them to remember a loved one Saturday.

However, the service is open to anyone in the community who wants to participate, as long as they RSVP to the funeral home by calling 630-879-7900 or emailing

The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., St. Charles.