Due to rainy and windy conditions, the annual event was moved indoors to the hospital’s Mt. Eddy room and provided people a chance to remember loved ones with fondness.

Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta’s President Rodger Page talked about the qualities of light and how they relate to Mercy Hospice’s annual Light up a Life ceremony Thursday evening.

Due to rainy and windy conditions, the annual event was moved indoors to the hospital’s Mt. Eddy room and provided people a chance to remember loved ones with fondness.

Page said light provides warmth and color in our lives, much like our loved ones do.

Hospice volunteers read the names of loved ones who have passed away. Slowly and carefully, each name touched the heart of those gathered with electric candles flickering in the darkened room. Those honored were young and old; the names provoked smiles and tears.

After the solemn ceremony, the Mount Shasta High School’s jazz choir, led by Greg Eastman, provided entertainment and guests were offered refreshments.

Mercy Hospice Mt. Shasta provides medical, emotional, and spiritual support and care for terminal patients – those who have a prognosis of six months or less to live, according to their website.

The organization strives to enrich every moment of remaining life and treats the person instead of the disease, focusing on the family instead of just the individual, and emphasizing comfort and quality of life.

For more information, call (877) 661.2713, ext. 455.