On Sunday, February 26, 2017, we gathered to publicly honor and remember twenty-two men and women. These men and women are the residents our staff and volunteers had the privilege to serve during our first year.
A pioneer is someone who is among the first to explore something. And they not only explore, they show the way and teach the rest of us. We see these twenty-two men and women as pioneers. Each of them was among the first to explore the new model of end-of-life care that Caring House has brought to the South Bay. They showed the way for all of us, and for future residents. And they taught us along the way.
We welcomed family members and friends of these residents, volunteers, donors, staff and members of the broader community.
The formal Honor and Remember program was led by Dan Hudson. It included poems read by Judith Sommerstein and Christine Campisi. Julie McKnight and the Los Alamitos Ensemble gave beautifully moving sung performances of “The Rose” and “My Heart Will Go On.”
The highlight was the Candle Ceremony in which we remembered and honored each of the twenty-two men and women We showed each image and accompanied it by the single ring of a bell plus the lighting and placement of a candle by a family member or Caring House representative.
Special thanks go to First Christian Church of Torrance (providing our venue), Rene Francois, accompanist, Girl Scout Troop #11665 (reception duty), Julie McKnight and the Los Alamitos Ensemble, and Gilbert Watson Mobile Visual Entertainment (all of our A/V needs).