SANTA MARIA, Calif. - At a time of year when being with family and friends is so important, they took time out in Santa Maria Thursday night to remember loved ones that are no longer here.
The annual "Light Up A Life" ceremony is more about remembering and celebrating lives rather than mourning their deaths.
Santa Maria's historic First United Methodist Church is home to the very emotional event at a very emotional time of year.
Family and friends gather to light candles and remember loved ones no longer here.
"People need to do something to remember a loved one, its just too hard, life goes on and we get busy and especially during the holidays when everybody is doing things that involves your family", says participant Tina McEvoy, "this gives us an opportunity to do something special to remember those who aren't here this year."
Reading the litany of names of the dear departed is the tradition of the Light Up A Life ceremony as is the musical video showing the faces of those so fondly remembered at a time when family means so much.
"Celebrating life, life is so short", says participant Mason Passmore, "80 years, that's not even a lot, it just goes by so fast."