Pathways Hospice Memorial Event Lights the Darkness of Grief, Celebration of Light Event Provides Comfort and Safety

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With the upcoming holiday season and dark winter nights, a grieving person may feel that there is no place to find comfort or light. People who are grieving often encounter deep loneliness, loss and sadness. Pathways Hospice provides a safe place at this memorial event. This event is free of charge, non-denominational, and open to the public.

Pathways Hospice's Celebration of Light Memorial Event Brings LIght into the Darkness of Grief

To light a candle and say aloud my wife's name was painful, but I realize now that it was an important step in my healing journey.

People who are grieving often encounter deep loneliness and sadness. With the upcoming holiday season and dark winter nights, a grieving person may feel that there is no place to find comfort or light. This event is free of charge, non-denominational, and open to the public.

Pathways Hospice’s Celebration of Light Memorial will provide a place of light and hope, where participants can light a candle and find comfort in a safe place. The Celebration of Light Memorial will be held in San Mateo on Sunday, December 4, 2011, 2 pm – 3:30 pm at the Skylawn Memorial Park, off of Highway 92 at Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo, California.

Attendees at the Celebration of Light Memorial will:

  •     Light a candle of remembrance.
  •     Hear inspirational readings from various faith traditions.
  •     Join others who are grieving in a place of quiet and warmth.
  •     A memory table will provide the opportunity for attendees to place a favorite picture or memory object to further honor their loved ones.

“I attended my first Celebration of Light a few months after my wife died. To be with others who had suffered the loss of a loved one reminded me that I was not alone in my grief,” said Tom Hodges, past Celebration of Light participant. “To light a candle and say aloud my wife's name was painful, but I realize now that it was an important step in my healing journey.”

Pathways bereavement services are made possible through generous donations from the community to Pathways Home Health & Hospice. Services are available to anyone in the community and include: information and referrals, loss support groups, remembrance events, grief workshops, individual counseling, educational material, and community presentations.

RSVP’s are encouraged to 1(888) 905-2800, ext. 4241 or bereavement(at)pathwayshealth(dot)org or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org/grief-support/celebration-of-light.html. However, if you have not formally notified us, please feel welcome to attend.

Light refreshments hosted by Skylawn Memorial Park will be served following the program.

Directions to Celebration of Light at Skylawn Memorial Park, off of Highway 92 at Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo, CA.

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice

Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit community based organization. Founded in 1977, Pathways now serves over 5000 families annually in San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa Counties.

We care for patients in their place of residence, whether it be their home, hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility. Affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital since 1986, Pathways is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.

Donations received from the community by Pathways Home Health & Hospice provide services that would otherwise not be available, including 24/7 access to a specialized team of care providers, family bereavement counseling and support, integrative therapies, caregiver support, comfort care, and funding for under- and uninsured patients.

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