Hospice of Santa Barbara invites the community to celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones by attending one or more of its 36th annual Light Up A Life ceremonies. The holiday season can stir up a range of emotions, including joy, stress and sadness. For those preparing to navigate the holiday season after the loss of a loved one, this time of year can be even more difficult.

“These events are for every person in our community as we are all are missing someone during the holiday season,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “Light Up A Life is an opportunity for each and every one of us join together to celebrate those individuals we love who are no longer with us. These events, for many, have become the true start of the season.”

The events are:

· Dec. 1, Santa Barbara, Lobero Theater, 5 p.m. stars on sale, 5:30 p.m. ceremony begins

· Dec. 4, Montecito, Upper Village Green, 4 p.m. stars on sale, 4:30 p.m. ceremony begins

· Dec. 8, Goleta, Camino Real Marketplace, 5 p.m. stars on sale, 5:30 p.m. ceremony begins

· Dec. 14, Carpinteria, Seal Fountain on Linden, 5 p.m. stars on sale, 5:30 p.m. ceremony begins

Stars are available for a suggested donation of $15 or more and can be purchased at each ceremony for those who wish to personalize a star to hang on the tree. All proceeds will benfefit Hospice of Santa Barbara. All four ceremonies will feature light refreshments, speakers and guests, musical entertainment, and the lighting of a memorial tree.

For more information about the events or to buy a star, call 805-563-8820 or visit http://www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org/lightupalife.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a serious illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara is present on 14 local junior and high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call 805-563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

— WaveComm SB.