20th Annual Light Up a Life Ceremony

VINCENNES, Ind. - Good Samaritan Hospice will once again host its annual Light Up a Life Program on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Light Up a Life is an annual fund raising and candle-lighting service held in remembrance of individuals who have died and in celebration of those living. This is a community-wide event that Good Samaritan Hospice provides to eleven counties with families and friends of hospice residing throughout the country.

“Light Up a Life is a very special event where the Hospice staff can continue to support families and loved ones during their journey to live each day with hope and meaning,” stated Jane Russell, Director of Continuum of Care. “It is a beautiful experience that myself, the Hospice staff and family members of those who have passed enjoy attending every year.”

Charitable contributions are greatly appreciated and ensure that Good Samaritan Hospice, a non-profit organization, will be able to continue and provide the gift of loving care to patients and their families during the final season of life, regardless of their ability to pay. It is the generosity of those who support the hospice mission “to celebrate the lives of those who light up our lives” that contributes to this beautiful tradition for the past 19 years.

“The Light Up a Life annual candle-lighting service is a wonderful opportunity for the hospital and the greater community,” explained Andrea Evans, Bereavement Coordinator. “During November, which is National Hospice Month and in early December, as a prelude to winter, hospices throughout the country sponsor a Light Up a Life Program to gather families and friends for a time of remembrance, ritual and renewal. This event is also a fund raising opportunity for the hospital so we can continue the comforting care of individuals in their final journey.” Individuals who contribute a minimum of $10 by October 25 will have the name of their loved one read aloud during the ceremony and inscribed on a special remembrance banner that will be displayed throughout the holiday season. Any names submitted after October 25 will still be read at the event, but will not be placed on the banner.

The candle-lighting service will be at a new location this year at Highland Woods Community Center, 1377 S. Hart Street in Vincennes, Indiana. Beverages will be available before the event and a reception will follow the ceremony. If you would like to make a contribution or have any questions, please contact Good Samaritan Hospice at 812-885-8035.


Good Samaritan, Knox County’s largest employer, is licensed for 239 in-house patients. Annually, Good Samaritan Hospital has more than 440,000 outpatient visits and an additional 35,000 plus visits to its emergency room. The hospital offers a wide scope of medical services. From thoracic surgery to the birth of a baby, this growing health care provider balances quality patient care with preventive education to fulfill its mission. Consistently ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in patient satisfaction, Good Samaritan Hospital provides a superb level of care while maintaining fiscal integrity and expanding facilities to meet the needs of the community. For more information, visit www.gshvin.org.

Mission: Provide excellent health care and promote healing through trusting relationships.
Vision: To be recognized as the regional center of excellence for health care.

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