On the heels of holidays such as Halloween and Day of the Dead, and prior to the upcoming Veteran’s Day, Endicott College celebrated those who have passed on in a much more reflective manner. The Interfaith Chapel at Endicott College held the campus’ Remembrance Service on Tuesday, November 5th, with doors open to any and all who could attend.
At 12 pm, students, faculty, and anyone who had attended were greeted by an introduction and invocation by Reverend Doctor Gail Cantor. Cantor then introduced President DiSalvo, who gave his brief remarks on remembering loved ones, focusing particularly on his relationship with his grandfather.
DiSalvo also spoke on taking time to enjoy peace and quiet, especially when remembering loved ones. He offered some advice on taking time to reflect, reminding those in attendance that “all of our phones have an off switch”. His point was further emphasized by the ringing of an audience member’s cell phone, not 10 seconds after DiSalvo’s advice.
The rest of the service consisted of musical selections, poetry readings, and even a reading of loved ones’ names submitted by the Endicott College Community. These moments were broken up by reflections from Reverend Dr. Cantor, offering a moment of silence and breaks from the emotional performances.
The musical selections were performed by Members of The Endicott SIngers and Constellation (Endicott’s Interfaith Music Ensemble). Songs included Musker and Kamen’s “Requiem for a Soldier,'' Jean Sibelius’ “This is My Song”, and even the traditional Jamaican song “T’ink of Me”.
Poetry was read aloud by Alyssa Laurenza of Student Activities and student Meaghan Onnembo, respectively reading “Epitaph” by Merrit Malloy and “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye.
Onnembo, on her experience as a performer for the service, mentioned how it was “both enlightening and sad as you reflect on those who have passed on. You're able to remember them in the best way possible, especially with this service and the sense of community”
In closing, audience members were asked to light a candle at the end of the room, one for each person they happened to be holding close in their memory. As the lighter passed down the chapel from hand to hand, the faces of the Endicott Community did not reflect that of sadness or longing. Rather, this close handful of the community seemed accepting and at peace.