Burying the Old Year: New Orleans Jazz Funeral is Sunday, Jan. 6 at Christ Lutheran Church. (Submitted)

Chilliwack jazz funeral will help lay to rest your woes of 2018

Bury the things from 2018 you’d like to forget at the New Orleans Jazz Funeral in Chilliwack

The year 2018 has just come to an end. If you are like most of us, as you look back you no doubt have a few things to celebrate but there are likely other bits of the year you’d like to forget.

This mix of delight and remorse is exactly why Christ Lutheran Church in Chilliwack is hosting Burying the Old Year: New Orleans Jazz Funeral for the year 2018 on Jan. 6.

It’s a chance to have a little fun, “lay down” your regrets, reflect on the past year and get a fresh start on 2019 while a New Orleans Jazz band swings those old-time hymns.

“It’s a way for us to come together as a community, sing some great music to help us mark the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one,” said pastor Dean Andersen, who will be guiding the Creole Jazz Band and the crowd through the event.

“Those attending the ‘funeral’ will have an opportunity to jot on a piece of paper — which will be kept private — some of the things they would like to bury with the old year. As the service progresses people will be invited to ‘lay down’ their regrets by placing them in a symbolic memorial box that will be ‘buried’ as the service closes.”

Kevin Yeates, of the Creole Jazz Band explained, “The service has its roots in the New Orleans funeral tradition. In that region a band of jazz musicians accompany the mourners as they make their way from the family’s home to the cemetery. As they make their way to the graveside the band plays slow mournful dirges as they mourn the passing of their loved one. But when they turn to go home the music becomes bright and cheery, as they celebrate hope, freedom and promise.”

This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Burying the Old Year: New Orleans Jazz Funeral is Sunday, Jan. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a light ‘funeral’ tea at Christ Lutheran Church (9460 Charles St.).

For further information please contact pastor Dean Andersen, 604-795-3864, christlutheran@telus.net.

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