Members of the community of all ages and nationalities came together to remember loved ones at Cayman HospiceCare’s Light up a Life Ceremony, on Thursday, 29 November.
Now an annual event, the ceremony took place in Cassia Court at Camana Bay and was open to anybody who wished to attend.
The Cayman National Choir and Orchestra, directed by Sue Horrocks, opened the ceremony, performing a number of Christmas carols. Pastor Randy von Kanel then gave a short address in which he talked about how the holiday season can be an especially hard time for those who are grieving for people they have lost. He talked about how remembering could ease that sorrow and how light would extinguish darkness, in a spiritual as well as physical sense.
Following a short prayer he invited those gathered to “light up a life”. A tree shaped metal structure adorned with hundreds of fairy lights had been erected in the courtyard and members of the community came forward to place their own miniature shade over a light, inscribed with the name of the person they were dedicating it to. Each light therefore represents a life.
The tree has since been moved to an interior location adjacent to the Bay Market, but remains visible from the street. The tree will remain lit throughout the month of December.