The 19th annual Sunshine Coast Hospice Society's Lights of Life program is in full swing.
Christmas trees are up at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons and continue until Saturday, Dec. 5.
The Sechelt Lights of Life begins on Monday, Dec. 7, and runs until Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Trail Bay Mall. Lights of Life at both Gibsons and Sechelt run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sundays.
This event affords persons of all ages, faiths and cultures an opportunity to remember the life of a loved one, family member, special person or even a beloved pet. People can write a personal note and place it on one of the Christmas trees. At this time a white light is chosen to replace one of the tree's blue lights. The white light and card will be your symbol of remembrance.
At both locations volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society will be available to answer any questions about Hospice and to accept donations. Throughout the year, hospice volunteers offer psychological, emotional and spiritual support to individuals and families who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Grief support is also available at no cost.
At 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, in Sechelt's Snickett Park there will be a special ceremony called Lighting the Memories. The cards from the trees at both Gibsons and Sechelt will be placed into a fire on the beach and burned to symbolize the completion of Lights of Life for this season. The ceremony will include a few final words and song.
Lighting the Memories has become a very special and moving event and it is a wonderful way to begin the New Year. Light refreshments and a hot drink will be available immediately following the ceremony. There is no charge for this event and everyone is welcome to attend.