Honoring Our Grief


“In Memory: Honoring Our Grief” is a free concert and collective memorial on Sunday, September 25 at 3:45 pm in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Ithaca, 309 North Cayuga Street.

From Ithaca’s Suicide Prevention & Crisis Center:

Some grief is too painful, some losses too difficult to mourn alone.

If you have lost a loved one by suicide, accident, unexpected illness or any other challenging circumstance, you are invited to “In Memory: Honoring Our Grief,” a free concert on Sunday, September 25 at 3:45 pm. The event will take place in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Ithaca, 309 North Cayuga Street.

As one community member said, “I wasn’t able to attend my mother’s funeral, didn’t even know where her ashes had been laid. This concert gives me a place to return to the grieving process that I missed.”

“In Memory: Honoring Our Grief” will begin at 3:45 pm with the creation of a memorial table. You are invited to bring a small memento such as a photograph, sculpture, stuffed animal, or flower that signifies their beloved. You will be greeted and invited to share your story as your memento is placed on the table.

Musical performances will begin at 4:00 pm. Joe Crookston, Abbe Lyons, and Elisa Sciscioli will perform songs of loss and hope, inviting the audience to join in for many of their songs. Ephemera will improvise music based on the memories shared at the memorial table.

Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, and believer in all things possible. His music has roots in folk and old-timey traditions and features songs that tell deeply emotional stories.

Ephemera is an eclectic group of women who share the love of song and creating improvisational music. They offer performances, monthly circle sings and workshops that build community through vocal improvisation and word play.Cantor

Abbe Lyons is dedicated to enhancing the spiritual and emotional power of music in everyday life and sacred spaces. She draws her repertoire from a wide range of traditional music. Juliette Corazón will join Abbe for harmonies.

Elisa Sciscioli uses singing to create healing connections, a sense of belonging and acceptance. An accomplished singer of soul standards as well as a song writer, she offers singing workshops for personal growth. Elisa will perform with Travis Knapp, Rusty Keeler and Warren Cross.

Created by Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service, this event is free with support from Scott MacLeod and Susan Hack, donor advisors of The Sophie Fund.

For more information, go to IthacaCrisis.org, call 607-272-1505, or write to info@ithacacrisis.org.