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Welcoming new possibilities

Lighting the Memories

More than 500 people have written love notes over the past month to remember family and friends who have died, during the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society’s Lights of Life events held in Gibsons, Sechelt and Madeira Park.

Join us at Snickett Park on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. — rain or shine — to celebrate our memories of those who are no longer here and to send our good wishes skyward.

Since 1995, the Coast community has gathered on New Year’s Day around a ceremonial fire on the beach at Snickett Park to burn the memory cards written each year. 

As one year ends and another begins, it seems fitting to gather at a place where we can celebrate the four elements — fire, air, water, earth — and the four directions, and possibly see eagles wheeling overhead. It’s a great way of setting memories free and welcoming new possibilities.

There will be a short program led by Mark Lemon. The Threshold Choir — a women’s group who sings at the bedsides of those who are dying — will share their music with the gathering during the burning ceremony, and warm refreshments will follow.

The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society is also hosting the Loss of a Loved One support group starting Jan. 8 and a Loss of Life Partners support group starting Jan. 13.

Each Friday Coast Hospice also hosts Tea and Company from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., a drop-in for people who are coping with bereavement.

For more information call 604-740-0475 or see

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