SANTA MARIA, CA– (November 22, 2013) – The holiday season can be an especially difficult time
for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Dignity Health Hospice invites members of Santa Maria, Lompoc and surrounding Central Coast
communities to join in its annual Light Up a Life celebration where members of the public honor and
remember the lives of family members and loved ones who are no longer with us.
The Dignity Health Hospice Light Up a Life ceremony will take place in Santa Maria on Thursday,
December 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 311 South Broadway.
The community remembrance ceremony will feature music, poems, the reading of the names of those
being remembered this year and a photomontage. During the reading of the names, candles will be lit,
symbolizing the memory of loved ones being remembered.
“This beautiful Light up a Life ceremony is a very special way to start the holiday season with a
ceremony honoring those who we are missing during the holiday season,” says Tina McEvoy, Dignity
Health Hospice director. “The ceremony is very meaningful and there are many people attending who
understand and share the feelings of those grieving the loss of a loved one.”

Dignity Health Hospice recognizes death as the final stage of life and exists to enable hospice patients to
live their final days surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice reaffirms the right of every person and
family to fully participate in the final stages of life.
To memorialize a loved one at Light up a Life and to have their name read aloud during the ceremony,
community members can purchase a light on the Dignity Health Hospice Memorial Tree for $20. All
event donations received will help support Dignity Health Hospice and Home Care programs and
services.
Memorial lights will be available for purchase through the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation
until Monday, December 2nd. To participate in Dignity Health Hospice's annual Light Up a Life
ceremony, community members can call the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation at (805) 739-
3595. In addition, those wanting to include pictures in the ceremony’s photo montage can call Tina
McEvoy at (805) 739-3828.