01 Jan Lighting of the Memories: January 1, 2020
Lighting the Memories 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 in rain or in shine, has remained an evocative annual tradition on the Sunshine Coast since 1993. It now takes place at 2 pm on January 1st 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 home-made cookies and hot apple cider.
For more information about the history of Lights of Life and Lighting of the Memories, please click here: Magic Happens Around Those Trees