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Annual community memorial service honors lives and losses

Stanford’s annual memorial service, an interfaith gathering to honor friends and family who have passed away, will be held Tuesday in the CIRCLE sanctuary in Old Union.

Stanford community members will gather Tuesday to grieve and celebrate the lives of loved ones they have lost in the past year or long ago.

Honoring Lives and Remembering Losses,” hosted by the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the CIRCLE interfaith sanctuary in Old Union.

The service will feature music and readings, and an opportunity to light memorial candles.

“This memorial ceremony is an important moment in the school year for members of the community to come together to know they’re not alone in their grief and to spend time honoring the lives of those we’ve lost,” said Campus Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper. “This year we are returning to holding the ceremony in the sanctuary in the CIRCLE to be as inclusive of the many faiths on campus as possible.”

Hahn Tapper, who is an associate dean for religious and spiritual life, will lead the service along with other clergy and university staff.