Lawrence, Mass. – ‘Tis the season to view beautiful displays of holiday lights. For some, the lights signify the start of the holiday season and festivities shared with loved ones. For others, the lights may evoke memories of family or friends who are no longer with us to gather in celebration.
On Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m., Tufts Medicine Care at Home invites the public to illuminate a light in memory of a loved one at the Candles of Remembrance ceremony taking place at Methuen Music Hall, 192 Broadway in Methuen. A virtual ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m. via a Zoom link to be posted at careathome.org/candles.
The free gathering will feature instrumental music by music therapist Emily Higgins and remarks by Susan Toleos, manager of hospice bereavement services and community education at Tufts Medicine Care at Home.
Attendees are invited to honor a loved one’s memory on the virtual remembrance wall at careathome.org/candles. In addition, any tax-deductible donation will be recognized with an inscription in the 2022 Tribute Book, which will be available online as well as displayed at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence located at 360 North Avenue in Haverhill. Tribute gifts enable Tufts Medicine Care at Home to continue delivering comprehensive, compassionate comfort care to patients on the journey to life’s end, regardless of their ability to pay, as well as free bereavement services to any member of the community.
According to Toleos, the event is designed for anyone who has suffered a loss, whether recent or in years past. The illuminated lights will serve as symbols of warmth, hope, celebration, and support for one another.
“We are entering the darkest and coldest season of the year and yet our courage, our love, our memories, our hope, and even our grief provide us with light and warmth,” Toleos said. “By participating in this ceremony, you are creating a positive ritual that bestows a loss with powerful meaning and generates healing that aids us in our grief journey.”
For more information about Candles of Remembrance, or to access the Zoom gathering, visit careathome.org/candles.
About Tufts Medicine Care at Home
Tufts Medicine Care at Home, part of the Tufts Medicine health system, provides a full continuum of home health, palliative, and hospice care in home and community settings. Our highly skilled healthcare providers are renowned for their expertise in a wide range of cutting-edge clinical and supportive services for infants, children, adults, and elders. The Lawrence-based nonprofit organization delivers expert, compassionate care in more than 100 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley, northeastern Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.careathome.org.