Virtual event

Light up a Life keepsake continues with virtual event

During the winter holidays, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice historically hosted a celebration titled Light up a Life in Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport. This annual event brings people together to remember loved ones who have passed away and to support hospice patients and their families.

In 2020, Light up a Life moved to a virtual event, which was a welcome change with expanded attendance. This year’s event will once again be virtual and will go live on Friday, November 18. It will be hosted at samhealth.org/LUAL2022. Viewers will be able to personalize their experience by clicking through reflections from hospice chaplains, a memorial slideshow of hospice patients and a candle lighting video. Since the event will not be live, viewers can visit the site anytime from anywhere starting November 18 to enjoy this impactful event.

“The beauty of going online with Light up a Life is that individuals and families can view the ceremony when and where it’s convenient for them,” said Cindy Thelen, bereavement coordinator at Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. “Visualizing the event can be incorporated into a Thanksgiving celebration by connecting together. The link will be active for several months so that the ceremony can also be shared at other gathering times, such as a visit from a friend. The virtual ceremony is a moving opportunity to share common grief, loss and love as our loved ones remember.

While Light Up a Life focuses on patients of the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice who have died in the previous year, it is also open to members of the community who wish to make a donation in memory of someone. The deadline for including the names of loved ones in this event is Friday, November 4.

Your donations to one of the Samaritan Foundations hospice funds help provide care and comfort for patients and their families, including mental health and massage therapy, nutritious beverages, and caregiver respite.

For more information, contact Samaritan Evergreen Hospice at 541-812-4662. To participate with a donation, call Samaritan Foundations at 844-768-4256.