Honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.
Messinger Funeral Home, RTA Hospice & Palliative Care and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Mountain Bible Church.
This will be the 13th annual Celebration of Life, which provides a beautiful and poignant beginning to the holiday season.
The evening begins with prayers and remembrances. Throughout the evening candles are lit, poems read, a power point presentation of those we honor with photographs and accompanied names being read.
“The most moving part of the evening comes with the tree lighting. The Christmas tree is totally dark when we begin and as each person turns on a light in remembrance of a loved one the tree is totally illuminated at the end of the ceremony, it is really quite beautiful and powerful” said Kathleen Hughes, community liaison with RTA Hospice.
Music is provided by talented musicians from RTA under the guidance of Lois Atkins. A full-course meal is provided at the end of the evening by Gerardo’s Italian Bistro.
“The Celebration of Life is free of charge, however, there are personalized crystal butterfly ornaments that can be ordered for $12 (each). We are also requesting each person in attendance donate a can of food which will be given to St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays,” said Carol Davison, executive director of RTA Hospice & Palliative Care.
Anyone interested in attending or ordering ornaments should contact RTA Hospice by Nov. 24, call (928) 472-6340 to make your ornament purchase.