The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the communities of northwest Illinois in many challenging ways, from opportunities lost to special occasions missed and plans cancelled to include the devastating loss of family members, coworkers, or friends.

On September 7, FHN held a short vigil service marking the journey toward healing from the many losses people in our communities have experienced. A special invitation was extended to first responders and healthcare workers, who gave so much to help protect the safety of their communities. Gratitude was offered for the lives they continue to save and the compassionate care they provide to all.