Bright Stars

Annual Ceremony of Light and Remembrance

By coming together and celebrating life, families can find peace and community around a tragic death. All too often, the tragedy of a loved ones' death can overshadowthe vibrant lives they lived. Bright Stars provides a space to participate in a Ceremony of Light and Remembrance with others who are also honoring a loved one.

The Bright Stars ceremony honors loved ones on or around the holiday of Chanukah- the Jewish season of light. The Bright Stars are celebrated by the lives they lived, before illness or tragedy dimmed those Bright Stars. With a focus on the life of the deceased rather than their death, survivors can remember, and hold close the times when their loved one experienced health and well being.

Prior to the Bright Stars Ceremony of Light and Remembrance you will have the opportunity to provide an insert for your loved one to be placed in the remembrance book that we will use during the ceremony.

The Annual Bright Stars Ceremony of Light and Remembrance will take place in December 2024.

To join the upcoming Bright Stars Ceremony please contact:

Gittel Francis, LMSW

gfrancis@alexanderjfshouston.org

(713) 986-7812

Bright Stars Ceremony
  • Annual ceremony of light and remembrence
  • Held every December
  • Focus on life of the deceased, rather than their death
  • Rememberence Book created
  • Everyone is welcome

Additional Resources

Grief Guide

A guide to help you cope with your loss

Grief is a labyrinth of physical and emotional reminders of loss. There are good days and bad days, and everyone’s grief is as unique as the person that died and the person remembering them.

Counseling

For adults, children & teens

We provide a safe and supportive environment with licensed mental health professionals to assist adults, couples, children, teens and families with improving their overall well-being.

Grief Support Group

Ages 18+

This weekly support group is open to adults that have experienced the loss of a loved one. The peer support group is facilitated by the Alexander Jewish Family Service clinical staff and will be held online using the Zoom platform. The group is intended to support, educate, and develop ways to cope with the normal responses to grief.

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