From the Tampa Bay Times
“When Christmas Hurts”
Friday, December 8, 2013 SUNCITYCENTER
Jan Bjork says she cried a lot during the “When Christmas Hurts” program Tuesday evening.
The visitor from Worcester, Mass., shed tears for her late son, Richard, 45, who died from cystic fibrosis two years ago in Pittsburgh.
Bjork, 77, and her husband, Karl, 79, were among about 50 people, nearly all seniors, at the annual program in the brightly lit sanctuary of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Bjork said her tears were for Richard’s memory and two close friends lost in the past month.
One of those friends, Peter Curtiss, 80, lived in Sun CityCenter. The Bjorks came for Thanksgiving to be with Pidge Curtiss, his wife of 58 years. The tradition of the couples and their families spending Thanksgiving Day together dated to college for the husbands, who were the best of friends since high school.
Curtiss, 79, said she cared for her husband for seven years before his death on Oct. 27. He had Alzheimer’s disease. She said she felt comfort and support during Tuesday’s service.
Losing a loved one around the holidays can be difficult says the Rev. Paulette Carney of St. John the Divine. Carney, 67, says her church recently lost the Continue reading