Hospice of Petaluma - 1985 | Memorial Hospice - 1998 & 1999 | North County Hospice - 2011
Light Up A Life started in Sonoma County in 1985 after Linda Tavis went to Pasadena CA and saw an event that inspired her to coordinate a gathering of community members who wanted to remember and honor loved ones during the holidays. Several other Petaluma community members offered their service including former City Council member, Roland Bond, who asked the city for permission to use the trees in Center Park.
The ceremony included music by local choirs and musicians as well as a brief welcome by members of the Hospice of Petaluma staff. The trees were covered in white lights - except for one red light to signify the heart - and attendees lit candles to remember those that were lost.
As the hospice program started to grow and move North, so did Light Up A Life. In 1998 Memorial Hospice held the same event in Rail Road Square and at Oakmont's Star of the Valley Church in 1999. North County followed in 201 with the tree lighting held in the front yard of the North County Hospice building.
This year we continue the tradition with Light Up A Life events being held at a new location in Santa Rosa, our Memorial Hospice Offices, a new time in Petaluma Center Park, in the Healdsburg Plaza, and Oakmont in Santa Rosa.
For the past 38 years, our hospice programs have helped many people live their final days in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by family and friends.
Hospice exists in the hope and belief that daily needs may be met with appropriate care and sensitivity through the dying and grieving periods, and that all will be done to make the life that remains as dignified and satisfying as possible.