The holiday season can be an especially difficult time for those dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one and Dignity Health Central Coast Hospice is preparing to host the annual remembrance ceremony Light Up a Life to honor loved ones that have passed.

Dignity Health Central Coast 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 Tuesday, December 1, 2015 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 Sue Barse, 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.