Honour a Life Sunday

Event meant to blunt the pain of missing loved ones at Christmas

Oceanside Hospice is holding a Gathering to Honour a Life Sunday Dec. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Parksville Community Center.

The annual gathering is held to remember the life of family and friends who are no longer with us.

The assembly will include music, inspirational readings, candle lighting and quiet reflection to remember the life of someone special.

Oceanside Hospice Society Executive Director Lynn Wood said they welcome the public to join them for an hour of reflection and peaceful, supportive remembrance.

Wood said that during the festive season there is a huge emphasis upon celebration and happy memories and often the expectations surrounding the holidays are a daunting prospect for those who are dealing with loss.

Every Christmas the Hospice Society has a Memory Tree to give people the opportunity to visit and remember a loved one who has passed and Wood said throughout December they invite the public to visit Valhalla, their base of hospice operations at 210 Crescent Road West in Qualicum Beach.