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Light Up a Life promotes community healing

More than 1,500 people joined together Nov. 19, 2017 in Steele Indian School Park for Hospice of the Valley’s “Light Up a Life,” a community remembrance event honoring loved ones who have died.

With clear skies and balmy weather, families and individuals came to the grassy outdoor amphitheater to watch black-and-white photos of their family members and friends projected on giant screens against the night sky.

Several families wore T-shirts with their loved one’s photo, including Shawna Carlisle, who was there with her 9-year-old daughter Danielle Bustamonte to honor her brother and her boyfriend who both died this year. Danielle is attending New Song Center for Grieving Children, which had a program earlier in the day for participants. “It’s good to be here with others—to know we’re not alone,” Shawna said.