This a joyful celebration with entertainment, food and a short hike along the Davis Bay seawall, uniting people of all ages and backgrounds who support our work in the community. This annual event takes place on the first Sunday in May in cities across Canada.
Every year, in November and December, Hospice volunteers host an information table at Gibsons’ Sunnycrest Mall and the Trail Bay mall in Sechelt. Lights of Life invites people who have lost a loved one to write a tribute in a small card, provided by hospice, and hang it on a Christmas tree. Every person who writes a card is welcome to make a donation, big or small, but this is purely voluntary.
The Lighting the Memories ceremony takes place on January 1st every year. Hospice invites the public, especially those grieving the loss of someone dear, to join with others to hear heartfelt songs and publicly honour the memory of a loved one. They place handwritten cards, with loving personal tributes, into the fire as a symbolic release of the sentiments expressed. Meant as a poignant follow-up to Sunshine Coast Hospice Society’s Lights of Life campaign, Lighting the Memories uses the hundreds of cards written and displayed during the previous month’s Lights of Life event.
Lighting the Memories, held rain or shine, has remained an evocative annual tradition ever since. It now takes place at Mission Point Park in Davis Bay and features the Sunshine Coast’s Threshold Choir: a women’s group that sings at the bedsides of those who are dying. Today, anywhere from 50 to 80 people attend, lingering after the event over homemade cookies and hot apple cider.