by Jamie Beachy, Manager for Spiritual Care and Education

Many people experience the holiday blues in December. To create a space for support and reflection and to lift the spirits of those who may be "blue" this week, our spiritual care team, with help from the BCH Foundation, coordinated "Blue Holiday: a Service of Music and Reflection" -- on the evening of the Winter Solstice.

The event was open to all patients, their loved ones, BCH employees and providers who may be experiencing loss, transition or other changes that can make the holidays a blue time.

Music for the service was provided by BCH musicians including physicians, nurses, therapists and chaplains. Music included songs by James Taylor, Sting, Sarah McLachlan as well as original pieces by our talented BCH musicians.

The service allowed staff and physicians to share their talents with their community in a meaningful way while creating space for the less joyful and celebrative qualities often present during the holidays.

During the service Dr. Doug Morgan -- before his performance with his colleagues Jeff Carter, MD and Christi Goettsche, RN -- said the experience of preparing for the Blue Holiday service reminded of the meaningful collaboration he has experienced throughout his 26 years at BCH in service to patients in the hospital.

We wish to thank the BCH Foundation and our BCH musicians for sharing their gifts of music and heartfulness with us.