It is time once again for the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society's Lights of Life program.
This year will be the 20th year of this annual event put on by Hospice. Christmas trees will be up and ready for the opening of the Gibsons event at the Sunnycrest Mall on Monday, Nov. 22, until Saturday, Dec. 4.
The Sechelt Lights of Life event begins Monday, Dec. 6, and runs until Saturday, Dec. 18, at Trail Bay Centre. Lights of Life runs daily, except Sundays at both locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lights of Life is for people of all ages, faiths and cultures. It is an opportunity to make a personal remembrance of the life of a loved one, special person or even a beloved pet.
People may write a note on one of the cards provided and place it on one of the Christmas trees. At that time a white light is chosen to replace one of the tree's blue lights. The white light and card will be your personal symbol of remembrance.
At both locations, volunteers from Hospice 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 a life-threatening illnesses. Grief support is also available at no cost.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Sechelt's Snickett Park there will be a special ceremony called Lighting the Memories. 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 the Lights of Life program 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, and everyone is welcome.