Center yourself in November
by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
November is a big deal around Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. First of all, it’s National Hospice Month which means that for 30 days, we do our best to ramp up awareness about end of life within the communities we serve. During this time, we encourage people to complete advance directives and to make decisions about their care at end of life. During these 30 days, we try to get the word out that hospice is not just for the last days of life. That hospice is so much more than that.
During November, we show special tribute to our Veterans, the men and women who bravely defended our country and retained our freedom. Because of our participation in the We Honor Veterans program (a joint partnership between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veteran Affairs), we have staff who are trained to serve the unique needs of this noble group.
And, for the first time ever, we are beginning our Light Up A Life interfaith memorial services during the month of November. This may surprise some of you who are accustomed to joining us in December (and don’t worry — we will still have some services in December). But since the holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier (I swear I saw Christmas-colored candy wrappers in the stores when I was buying Halloween candy!) we are following suit so that you don’t get too overwhelmed by the many December activities.
Our Light Up A Life services are special. Seriously. They are beautiful, meaningful, sorrowful, and uplifting all at the same time. They are just what you need to get your mind and heart ready for the holidays. Attending one of our Light Up A Life services leaves you centered. Prioritized. You are more easily able to weed out all the artificial messages that bombard you the minute Halloween is over. You are more equipped to focus on what’s important — family and loved ones, present and past. You might walk away feeling wistful for the ones you miss, but you will feel cleansed by honoring their memory.
No two services are exactly the same. Each has its own music, readings, and participants. The only common theme among the services is the act of lighting the candles. You will light your candle from the flame of the person sitting next to you and then you will say the name of a family member or loved one who has died. It’s a healing moment, born out of sadness, love, and hope. You might cry. You might not. But you will certainly feel.
Our first two services are this Saturday. One will take place at Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville at 2pm. The other will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 5pm. We will have one more service in November at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster — 3pm on November 23. The rest will be in December and you can find details among the list of services below.
Join us. Come to one of our Light Up A Life services and open yourself up to the memories and love that await you. I promise it will put you in the right frame of mind. And who knows? It might even give you the capacity to enjoy the 658 versions of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer that will certainly assault your eardrums starting the day after Thanksgiving. That’s gotta count for something, right?
Light Up A Life Services:
Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville
11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville
Saturday, November 16, 2pm
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1510 East 7th Street, Charlotte
Saturday, November 16, 5pm
Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster
8919 Park Road, Charlotte
Saturday, November 23, 3pm
5101 Providence Road, Charlotte
Tuesday, December 3, 7pm
Emanuel Reformed Church
329 East Main Street, Lincolnton
Sunday, December 8, 3:30pm
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
19600 Zion Street, Cornelius
Tuesday, December 10, 6:30pm