Sunshine Coast Hospice Society hosted a poignant gathering at Mission Point on Jan. 1, called Lighting of the Memories.
The annual event is for “those grieving the loss of someone dear, to join with others to hear heartfelt songs and publicly honour the memory of a loved one,” according to the Society’s website. “Handwritten cards with loving personal tributes [are placed] into the fire as a symbolic release of the sentiments expressed.”
The event is a follow-up to the society’s Lights of Life campaign, when hundreds of cards are written and displayed during the previous month.
Members of the Threshold Choir, a women’s vocal group, shared songs with the 80 people who attended, and speakers Krystin Clark and Denis Fafard, Hospice Society president, offered words of comfort. Many folks lingered afterwards for cider and cookies.
“Lighting of the Memories is such a meaningful ritual for so many,” said Elana Robinson, the society’s acting executive director. “We are so touched that we can provide that safe and loving space for those who are grieving. It’s such a tender time of year.”
For more information, see www.coasthospice.com or call 604-740-0475.