Last month, the Elizabeth Church Campus in Binghamton, NY, held a Memorial Service to remember the residents who passed away from COVID-19. The planning and organization of this special service was spearheaded by Chaplain, Rev. Janet Abel; Maintenance Director, Gordon Gardner; and Activities Director, Kathy Micha.

The memorial began with messages from UMH CEO, Brian Picchini and Campus Executive Director, Vicky Morabito. Rev. Abel gave a brief reflection and several staff members read meaningful scriptures and poems. Tori Gac, Activities Department, played the guitar and lead those gathered in singing hymns. In closing, each resident’s name was read as a chime was played in their memory.

Many families and staff were in attendance at the outdoor ceremony and encouraged to visit the memorial garden. The Dempsy Family donated the Grassy Knoll Memorial with a weeping cherry tree and plaque in memory of Howard Dempsey, a resident who passed away from COVID.