Inez Golden holding a dove shaped balloon at Light Up a Life

Light Up a Life: Service of remembrance supports grieving process

In the darkness of grief, it’s important to remember there’s still light.

Light Up a Life, a service of remembrance held in early December, helps remind grieving families of this.

“It’s an opportunity for us to remember loved ones who are no longer with us and see the light in the midst of darkness,” said Marie Graeper, a chaplain with Spartanburg Regional Hospice.

On Dec. 7, approximately 120 people gathered outside the Spartanburg Regional offices at the historic Beaumont Mill for the 2017 Light Up a Life.

Bearcastle Plantation, acoustic musical duo, performed a song of remembrance and Graeper spoke about finding your way while grieving. The event concluded with the release of biodegradable dove-shaped balloons to honor loved ones who have passed away.

Light Up a Life is just one of several services of remembrance that Spartanburg Regional Hospice holds throughout the year as a part of its bereavement program.

“Bereavement is an important part of what we do,” said Christi Foster, director of quality and compliance with Spartanburg Regional Hospice. “Our services include group counseling sessions, one-on-one counseling, informational mailings, and events like Light Up a Life. The grieving process is essential for families, and we are privileged to provide this support.”

Attendees are invited to make a donation and received a special Christmas ornament. The donation benefits the Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Hospice Special Needs Fund.

The fund supports a range of services to Spartanburg Regional Hospice patients and their families, including a Thanksgiving and Easter meals program, assistance to cover the cost of medicines and other basic needs, bereavement programs for loved ones and more.

“We are grateful to those who make a contribution at Light Up a Life,” said Shelly Sinclair, director of philanthropy with Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “Donations help us to make a difference for our patients and their families.”

Spartanburg Regional President and CEO Bruce Holstien said programs to support grieving families are vital.

“This event is an important time to support those who are missing loved ones – especially during the holiday season, when people might be especially sad,” he said. “It’s a special opportunity to pause and reflect.”

To donate to the Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Hospice Special Needs Fund, visit