For 31 years now Light Up A Life (LUAL) has been Hospice of the North Coast’s annual candle-lighting memorial – a meaningful way for families served by our hospice and the community to remember and celebrate loved ones that are no longer with us. LUAL is an event put on by the Hope Bereavement Center of Hospice of the North Coast, now headed by Ti Johnson, Director of Bereavement.
For the past two years we have held LUAL at the Oceanside Museum of Art (www.oma-online.org). Sunday, December 4 was a beautiful sunny day in Oceanside and roughly 100 people filled the Gleason Auditorium of the OMA to remember their loved ones. I opened the event singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”, following by the inspiring talk given by Sy Brenner, World War II prisoner of war survivor (www.sybrenner.com. This nearly 90 year old war hero shared from his experiences and left everyone feeling as though they too, could find humor in the face of adversity.
Following Sy Brenner’s spirited talk, everyone was given the opportunity to remember their loved one by lighting a candle in their honor. This part of the program is always a time of remembering and reflecting on the love we shared, the times we laughed and cried with those who are now deceased. Although they are absent in the physical, their spirit remains ever present in our lives.
Below are a few pictures from this event. We welcome everyone to join us each year, the first Sunday in December to Light Up A Life in honor of your loved one.
SAVE THE DATE: Light Up A Life 2012 will be Sunday, December 2, 2012. This is a free event and is open to the public!