Midland Park Resident Finds Great Comfort in Christian Health Care Center and Valley Hospice’s Faith & Grief Luncheons

WYCKOFF, NJ … Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff, in conjunction with Valley Hospice, hosts monthly complimentary Faith & Grief Luncheons from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the CHCC Auditorium, 700 Mountain Ave., Wyckoff. Midland Park resident Ruth Knyfd Wynbeek is a facilitator at these luncheons and is a long-time volunteer at CHCC, as well as a member of the CHCC Board of Trustees. While she is very dedicated to the mission and vision of CHCC, her participation in these luncheons is also deeply personal. Mrs. Knyfd Wynbeek had enjoyed a wonderful 42-year marriage to her husband Clix Knyfd, before he died after a battle with cancer seven years ago.

“Ruth has a passion for helping others through the deep grief that results from losing a loved one,” said Rev. Sandra Masters, MDIV, Heritage Manor Nursing Home Chaplain, who began the Faith & Grief Luncheons at CHCC. “Her story is inspiring since she has traveled the whole journey from deep bereavement where she found it difficult to envision any type of future without her husband to her recent marriage to Len

Wynbeek, a lifelong friend who lost his wife. Their story of how they incorporate the continuing love and remembrance of their deceased spouses, while still being very much a part of the present relationship with each other is very special.”

 “The Faith & Grief Luncheons are a blessing because they have given all of us who suffered the loss of a loved one the opportunity to share our experiences together and to encourage each other,” said Mrs. Knyfd Wynbeek. “It is important that we show respect for each other because we all handle grief differently. Having a Scripture passage theme for each luncheon is very helpful. My faith in God has helped me through my grief, and I am so thankful that God is our Good Shepherd and carries us through our trials. I find it to be a blessing to share my faith in God with others who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Christian Health Care Center is so kind to show concern for people in our community who are struggling with grief by offering these luncheons.”

CHCC’s Faith & Grief Luncheon was launched this past January and all the meetings to date have been extremely well-received.. The ministry originated in Dallas, Texas, and was held in churches. CHCC is the first health-care facility to offer this community service.

Open to all faiths, these luncheons are offered the third Wednesday of every month and provide opportunities for those mourning the loss of a loved one to gather together and be strengthened through sharing, scripture, prayer, and reflection. A complimentary lunch is provided, but donations are accepted.

If you are interested in attending a Faith & Grief Luncheon, register at www.faithandgrief.org. For more information, contact the Christian Health Care Pastoral Care Department at (201) 848-5839 or email dcioffi@chccnj.org, or visit ChristianHealthCare.org.

CHCC provides a broad continuum of high-quality, compassionate care, offering superior senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health services. As a non-profit organization, we deliver care to our community based upon the Christian principles on which we were founded more than a century ago.


Pictured, from left, are Rev. Sandra Masters, MDiv, Heritage Manor Nursing Home Chaplain, and Ruth Knyfd Wynbeek.

Pictured, from left, are Rev. Sandra Masters, MDiv, Heritage Manor Nursing Home Chaplain, and Ruth Knyfd Wynbeek.

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