Service Corporation International (an innovative leader in the funeral and cemetery industry) currently supports nearly 2,000 widows and widowers across the nation through the Living Information for Today (LIFT) program, specifically designed to reinforce a sense of wholeness and purpose for those who have lost a spouse.
As the nation’s baby boomers continue its steady stream into retirement age, some 800,000 become widows or widowers each year. Many experience different levels of grief, depression or a sense of feeling lost after the death of their spouse. With 50 chapters around the country, SCI LIFT provides those who share similar loss experiences with the opportunity to socialize together in a positive and supportive atmosphere without any membership requirements, cost or obligation, through its Living Information for Today (LIFT) program designed specifically to reinforce a sense of “wholeness and purpose” for each of them.
In fact, SCI LIFT reports that they been instrumental in providing a network of healing and hope for thousands of people over the last 40 years by connecting bereaved spouses together through newsletters, bingo games and luncheons. Today, the program also offers group activities and special events such as day trips, cruises and excursions that take members all around the globe. Not only has the program successfully solidified friendships, it has helped to created new relationships and even spawned nearly a dozen weddings since it was first established in 1975.
Service Corporation International is North America’s leading provider of deathcare products and services. As of June 30, 2015, they own and operate 1,550 funeral homes and 467 cemeteries (of which 262 are combination locations) in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and 8 Canadian provinces. The SCI LIFT program’s largest concentration of chapters is in Houston, TX.(site of its headquarters) and surrounding areas with close to 600 members lead by Jackie Snider. Snider is the SCI community outreach coordinator, and it was her late husband who actually spearheaded the local group about 17 years ago.
“Although it’s not a therapy group, we do support one another, have a really good time and make sure everyone feels welcome,” Snider.stated.
The SCI LIFT programs are run by SCI and Dignity Memorial(R) employees and volunteers, many of whom already have full-time jobs,” added Phil Jacobs, SCI’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The SCI LIFT program not only provides for socialization, but it also illustrates the continuum of care that SCI and Dignity Memorial offer our families every day.”