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Gwinnett Medical Center hosts remembrance lighting Dec. 8

IF YOU GO

• What: Lights of Love and Remembrance

• When: 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8

• Where: Gwinnett Medical Center — Lawrenceville in the Main Lobby, 1000 Medical Center Blvd., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $20 donation per luminary

• For more information about getting a luminary: Email Debbie Huckaby at dhuckaby@gwinnett..., Jean Holley at jholley@gwinnettm... or Anne Mistretta at amistretta@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org

LAWRENCEVILLE -- During the holiday season, Gwinnett Medical Center's Congregational Health Ministry believes it is the perfect time to remember people that have passed away over the years and honor those who are still with us. The hospital is holding its annual Lights of Love and Remembrance on Dec. 8.

"Everybody throughout the year has lost something and at the holidays, we think about those people we miss," said Debbie Huckaby, Clinical Education Coordinator of CHM. "This is a perfect opportunity to honor those people."

For a $20 donation, the CHM will light a luminary with the name of the honoree displayed. During the event, the luminaries will be spread throughout the main lobby and into the healing garden of Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville to represent those who have passed away. The Bell Choir from First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville will perform and Mayor Judy Johnson has a speech planned.

For each luminary, CHM sends a remembrance card to the families who have a loved one represented at the event.

"This gives people an opportunity to do something concrete -- to have a candle lit for them," said Jean Holley, director of GMC CHM. "Each year, I remember several people who have lost mates."

The proceeds benefit the parish nurse program, which believes "that in any health situation, spirituality must be purposely nurtured using the belief structure and rituals of the individual's faith, culture and country."

"The money that is raised is used to start new churches and faith communities to get a faith nurse," Holley said. "These parish nurses help people through faith to get them back to health."

The event is open to the public.