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The annual luminaria lighting ceremony provides friends and families an opportunity each November to honor the memory of those who have passed away but are not forgotten. The luminaria, which consist of a votive candle set in a small paper bag weighted with sand, represent light and hope. Their lighting is part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Month observations.

The participants, who include children, are mostly friends and relatives of hospice patients. They use crayons and markers to decorate the bags – usually writing messages to, or about, their loved ones.

The event also includes a brief reception, which gives families an opportunity to reconnect with the Hospice staff members who cared for them and their loved ones.

The 5th Annual Luminaria Lighting will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 4:30 – 6pm in the lobby at St. Luke’s Center. Join St. Luke’s Hospice for this special evening to honor your loved one(s). Participants are able to create their own luminaria bags, and light refreshments will be provided following the luminaria lighting. Online registration is required. A suggested donation is appreciated.  All donations benefit the St. Luke’s Hospice Bereavement program. For sponsorship information please contact Please note, if there is inclement weather, you will be contacted and the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, November 12, 2017.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Luminaria Bag Suggested Donations
  • 1 bag - $10
  • 3 bags - $15
  • Unlimited bags - $20
Event Schedule

4:30 pm – Create your luminaria bag(s)
5:15 pm – Opening remarks from the St. Luke’s Hospice team
5:30 pm – Luminaria lighting/viewing
* Light refreshments will be provided following the lighting

Photo Memory Wall – New this year!
We welcome you to bring a photo of your loved one to be placed on the memory wall during the event. Please bring photos 8x10 or smaller.

Honoring our Veterans
The Luminaria Lighting is being held on a very special day, Veterans Day. St. Luke’s Hospice will be honoring your loved ones that served with special flag stickers to be placed on their luminaria bag.

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