Hearts on fire

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Michael Abatemarco

Be­fore you ring in the New Year with cham­pagne and cheers, take a mo­ment to cel­e­brate the life of a loved one by hav­ing a farolito on the Santa Fe Plaza lit in their honor in an an­nual hol­i­day tra­di­tion. Hun­dreds of farolitos line the Plaza dur­ing Pres­by­te­rian Med­i­cal Ser­vice’s Light Up a Life event. Though the pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend the cer­e­mony at no charge, any­one can pur­chase a $20 farolito, which is then la­beled with the name of who it’s in mem­ory of — whether that’s a per­son or pet, liv­ing or de­ceased. Light Up a Life be­gins at 5:30 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 31, with a short ser­vice that in­cludes mu­sic, prayers, and the shar­ing of re­mem­brances.

Guests are en­cour­aged to bring a photo of their beloved to dec­o­rate a pur­chased farolito; they can visit the in­for­ma­tion ta­bles for help find­ing and dec­o­rat­ing it. Pro­ceeds from sales support the Hospice Cen­ter, which, founded in 1991, is the only non­profit hospice in Santa Fe. A team of physi­cians, nurses, home health aides, so­cial work­ers, chap­lains, be­reave­ment coun­selors, and trained vol­un­teers pro­vides care and support for in­di­vid­u­als at the end of life and for their fam­i­lies and loved ones. For more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase a farolito, call 505-988-2211 or visit www.pm­snm.org.

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