Lights of Life
Each year during the Christmas season Lights of Life offers a special way to remember loved ones who have died. The pain of missing those who are no longer with us can be especially difficult at this time of year. Hanging remembrance tags on Lights of Life trees is a way of honouring the lives of loved ones during the holidays.
For over twenty years Hospice Yukon has provided the Whitehorse community with this simple but meaningful ritual. Many people return every year to take part in the opening ceremony at the Elijah Smith Building; a time of gentle remembrance with poems, readings, beautiful songs by the Persephone Singers and the lighting of the trees.
To take part in Lights of Life simply visit one of the trees and write a message or the name of your loved one on a remembrance tag and hang it on the tree. You may also take tags home to hang on your own tree, write in the memory book, or just sit for a few moments in quiet contemplation.
During the week that the trees are up, Hospice volunteers are available at the Elijah Smith Building to support, listen, and share in your stories.
In Whitehorse, Lights of Life trees are available at these locations:
Elijah Smith Building
Whitehorse General Hospital
Copper Ridge Place
Heritage North Funeral Home
Many Yukon communities host their own memorial rituals around Christmas time as well.