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SANTA MARIA, CA – November 21, 2017 – The holiday season can be an especially difficult time for those dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one and Dignity Health Hospice is preparing to host the annual remembrance ceremony Light Up a Life to honor loved ones that have passed.
Dignity Health Hospice invites members of Santa Maria, Lompoc and the surrounding communities to join in the annual Light Up a Life celebration where members of the public honor and remember the lives of family members and loved ones who are no longer with us.
The Dignity Health Hospice Light Up a Life ceremony will take on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 311 South Broadway, Santa Maria.
The community event is a beautiful candlelight celebration that will feature music, reflections, a photo montage, the reading of the names of those being remembered, and the lighting of a memorial tree in their honor.
“This significant Light Up a Life ceremony is a very special way to start the holiday season and honor loved ones we have lost,” says Christine Meugniot, Director of Hospice for Dignity Health. “The ceremony is very meaningful, and the many attendees understand and share the feelings of grief that come along with the loss of a loved one.”
Dignity Health Hospice recognizes death as the final stage of life and exists to enable hospice patients to live their final days surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice reaffirms the right of every person and family to fully participate in the final stages of life.
If community members wish to participate in the annual Light Up a Life ceremony, and have their loved ones’ names read aloud, they can contact the Dignity Health Hospice at 805.739.3830. In addition, those wanting to include pictures in the ceremony’s photo montage can call Christine Meugniot at 805.614.2061. For those wishing to make a donation in support of Dignity Health Hospice, call the Marian Foundation at 805.739.3595 or visit www.supportmarianmedical.org. All event donations will support Dignity Health Hospice and Home Care programs.
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Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care. For more information, visit: www.dignityhealth.org/central-coast
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