16 Dec Lighting of the Memories : New Year’s Day 2022
January 1st, 2022, 2 pm on the beach at Mission Point Park
For 33 years, we’ve invited folks to visit our “Lights of Life” in local shopping centres. A Sunshine Coast Hospice tradition since 1992, the “Lights of Life” invites anyone in the community who has lost a loved one to write a tribute in their loved one’s memory on a small ornament, provided by Coast Hospice, and hang it on the tree inside the mall.
Hospice volunteers were back in the malls again from December 3rd to 16th, hosting tables at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons, the Trail Bay Centre in Sechelt, and the Pender Harbour IGA.
The hundreds of ornaments with tributes have been collected and will be brought to Davis Bay Beach near Mission Point Park on New Year’s Day for our annual ritual – “Lighting of the Memories” – where they are lit in a ceremonial bonfire as a symbolic release of the sentiments expressed.
This event will take place on January 1, 2022 at 2pm and is open to all members of the public, especially those grieving the loss of someone dear, to honour the memory of their loved one. For those who prefer to attend remotely, the event will also be streamed live on the Coast Hospice Facebook page.
This is an outdoor event and all are welcome to attend. There is no need to reserve.
Coast Hospice is also providing a grief support phone line over the holiday season to offer compassion and caring to people during what can be a difficult time of the year. Between 10 am and 3pm, from December 20th to January 1st, community members can call into the support line at (604) 740 – 6691 to speak with a Coast Hospice volunteer or staff member.
To learn more or participate in Lights of Life, call (604) 740-0475 or email email@example.com.
Hospice also welcomes donations from the public to help deliver bereavement services to the community. To make a donation and be a part of the circle of supportive care, visit www.coasthospice.com.
Dec 30 update: The Lighting of the Memories ceremony is still going ahead as planned at 2pm on New Years Day.