For some, the darkness of grief smothers the Christmas spirit. There is an empty seat at the dinner table. A stocking that is no longer hung by the fire. The loss of a loved one, whether it was recent or decades ago, is often felt more acutely during the celebrations of the holiday season. St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana held the Service of the Longest Night on Dec. 14, which takes place annually near the winter solstice, to console those grieving the loss of loved ones.
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