The festive season is approaching, and in the midst of all the parties and present buying, Cayman HospiceCare is inviting the Cayman community to take time out to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed or are far away during the season, yet remain very close to hearts here.

The “Light up a Life” event on Dec. 1 at Cassia Court, Camana Bay, is an annual celebration that brings comfort to many at a difficult time.

“The holidays are full of emotion, the joy in giving, the excitement of family returning home and so on,” said Scott A. Ruby from Bodden Funeral Home, longtime attendee and sponsor. “However, with some, the grief they are experiencing is amplified by the void in their lives that death has caused. This event gives people hope, if only in the knowledge that what they are feeling is natural, if not expected. More importantly, people also realize they are not alone in grief.”

Ceremony and celebration

Cayman HospiceCare will again be hosting the “Light up a Life” ceremony and is asking people to dedicate a light on the Community Memorial Tree in memory of their loved ones. The tree will shine brightly at Camana Bay throughout December with hundreds of lights dedicated to someone special over the Christmas season to symbolize the life and memory of those precious relationships.

The ceremony will include performances by the Cayman National Choir and Orchestra, a special blessing by Pastor Randy, a few short speeches, a moment of silence and an opportunity for every individual to place their lights on the tree.

“Christmas is a wonderful time of year for many, but it’s also a time of reflection – reflecting on all the wonderful people who have shared their lives with us but are no longer here,” said Danielle Coleman, director of Operations and Development at Cayman HospiceCare. “‘Light up a Life’ is a very special event; a time to remember those amazing individuals and a time to join together to celebrate them and what they meant to each and every one of us.”

Cayman HospiceCare

Cayman HospiceCare is committed to providing extraordinary medical, emotional, spiritual and social care to any person living with end-stage terminal illness in the Cayman Islands. Cayman HospiceCare exists almost solely on donations and fundraising events. All donations go toward ensuring their specialized services continue to be available, free of charge, to any person living with terminal illness in the Cayman Islands.

‘Light up a Life’ runs from 5:30-7 p.m. at Cassia Court in Camana Bay. Cayman HospiceCare is asking for a minimum of $10 donation per light and suggests reserving your light in advance to avoid queuing on the evening. To sponsor a light, call 945-7447 or email [email protected]

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