Northwest New Mexico Hospice & Home Care, a program of Presbyterian Medical Services, will host its "Light up a Life" memorial event beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. The program also raises funds for the hospice.
Members of the public are offered the chance to dedicate and light luminarias to remember and honor the lives of those who have touched them in a special way. Hundreds of luminarias will glow along the museum's terrace.
"The idea started 13 years ago to give people an inspiring way to quietly reflect on loved ones who have passed away," said Brenda Dostaler, a hospice administrator.
Hospice staff along with volunteers and supporters will set up the luminarias. After lighting them, attendees can take part in a ceremony inside the Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main Street.
Jeri Hawthorne, an in-home volunteer in her 14th year, sees her work on behalf of Hospice as fellowship.
"A lot of the work is to do whatever the person needs," Hawthorne said. "Often I relieve a caregiver who needs a break or has an appointment. I read, listen, run laundry, clean or am just there being there with them."
Helping San Juan residents die with dignity is the core of the hospice's mission. The organization is the oldest and only non-profit hospice in San Juan County.
Anyone wishing to dedicate a luminaria can purchase one for $20 online at pmsfsouthwest.org or by calling (505) 326-2731. Luminarias can be personalized with a name and photo of a loved one. Each donor's name will appear in a memorial book on display at the event.
"Giving of yourself to someone who's in need is a fundamental act," Hawthorne said. "If someone's in need, how can you say no?"
For more information on the memorial event or hospice services, contact Northwest New Mexico Hospice & Home Care at (505) 327-0301.