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Some grief is too painful, some losses too difficult to mourn alone. Those who have lost a loved one by suicide, accident, unexpected illness or any other challenging circumstance are invited to In Memory: Honoring Our Grief, a free concert on Sunday, September 25th at 3:45 pm. The event will take place in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Ithaca, 309 North Cayuga Street.

As one community member said, “I wasn’t able to attend my mother’s funeral, didn’t even know where her ashes had been laid. This concert gives me a place to return to the grieving process that I missed.”

In Memory: Honoring Our Grief will begin at 3:45 pm with the creation of a memorial table. Guests are invited to bring a small memento such as a photograph, sculpture, stuffed animal, or flower that signifies their beloved. They will be greeted and invited to share their stories as their memento is placed on the table.

Musical performances will begin at 4:00 pm. Joe Crookston, Abbe Lyons, and Elisa Sciscioli will perform songs of loss and hope, inviting the audience to join in for many of their songs. Ephemera will improvise music based on the memories shared at the memorial table.

  • Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, and believer in all things possible. His music has roots in folk and old-timey traditions and features songs that tell deeply emotional stories.
  • Ephemera is an eclectic group of women who share the love of song and creating improvisational music together in the moment of the moment. They offer performances, monthly circle sings and workshops that build community through vocal improvisation and word play.
  • Cantor Abbe Lyons is dedicated to enhancing the spiritual and emotional power of music in everyday life and sacred spaces. She draws her repertoire from a wide range of traditional music.
  • Elisa Sciscioli uses singing to create healing connections, a sense of belonging and acceptance. An accomplished singer of soul standards as well as a song writer, she offers singing workshops for personal growth.

Created by Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service, this event is free with support from Scott MacLeod and Susan Hack, donor advisors of The Sophie Fund.

For more information, go to, call 607-272-1505, or write to