Spicer-Mullikin hosted its annual Hope for the Holidays program Dec. 3 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

“When you lose someone, your perspective and your traditions might change during the holidays — and that’s ok,” said Matthew Smith, owner and licensed funeral director of Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes and Crematory. “Whether you lost a loved one just a few weeks ago, or several years ago, the healing process takes time and it’s different for everyone — just as how you will each recognize the holiday season may now be different and may change from year to year. Do what’s best for you and your heart.”

Hope for the Holidays is tailored for those facing the holidays without their loved one.

“Our wish is that the Hope for the Holidays program lets people know they are not alone in their grief during the holiday season, and they may be able to find new ways to recognize this special time of year,” Smith said.

The free program was attended by more than 300 people and included remarks by Nina Bennett, a psychologist and writer who spoke about grief and coping techniques; a reading of the names of those who were being remembered; and a candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of loved ones. Guests also received a personalized angel ornament in remembrance of their loved one.

New this year to the program was the music of the Nagoya Ensemble Trio, a faculty ensemble of the Suzuki Academy of The Music School of Delaware. Violinists Julianne Murphy Ruiz and Lionel Thomas and cellist Jennifer Crowell Stomberg performed classical arrangements.

For more, visit spicermullikin.com or call 368-9500.