Remembering Dad on New Year’s Eve in Santa Fe

Each year on New Year’s Eve, The Hospice Center (PMS Hospice) honors those who have passed with a celebration on the plaza called “Light Up A Life.” People pay $20 to purchase a farolito with a lit candle inside and then they write the name of someone they want to remember on a tag and place it on the farolito which is then placed it in a spot on the plaza. Then at 5:30 we have a ceremony to honor those who have died. People tell stories about their experiences with loss, someone always says a prayer, and then we sing. Something that was said this evening is, basically, ‘the dark cannot diminish a single light.” A lovely metaphor.

It snowed last night and most of the day so it was very cold and absolutely lovely with all the lights on the plaza.

Happy New Year!

(editor’s note: Byron’s wife Mary has moved to Santa Fe to be near her daughter Cathye and her grandchildren)

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