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As congregations light the Advent candles, it’s good to remember those who are gone and those who grieve, say planners of the United Methodist Church’s “Longest Night” service. From left are the Rev. Steve Kaehr, Kevin Caldwell and Phyllis Albert. (River Falls Journal photo by Judy Wiff.)

'Longest Night' acknowledges holidays carry measure of grief

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In the midst of a season of joy and light, some feel mostly darkness and regret. The pressure to feel what they don’t and the contrast between festivities and their own pain compound their loneliness and grief.


Kevin Caldwell knows the feelings.

His father, Frank Caldwell, died this past August, and his wife, Lynn Jermal, died a year and a half ago.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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