Hearts on fire
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.