Dec 15, 2015 08:28AM
● By Bryan Scott
The Christmas season is fast approaching. For most of us, it is a bustle of shopping, cooking, wrapping, decorating, and excitement. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our to-do lists that we forget the main reason the Christmas season brings us so much joy. Family.
The Dignity Memorial network has created an event that will help us to remember and celebrate the joy of family. They will be sponsoring an annual Christmas Luminary event that will take place on Saturday, December 19th, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dignity Memorial has been doing this holiday tradition for over 10 years, and it has come to be known as an annual tradition for many families. Guests are invited to drive through any of the three different memorial parks and look at the luminary displays, while thinking of their loved ones who have passed away, or listening to Christmas music playing on the radio. A total of over 15,000 candles will be on display—10,000 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Milcreek; 5,000 at Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home in West Valley City; and 500 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park South Valley in Riverton.
Various activities will also be taking place inside the establishments during that time. At all locations, there will be festive refreshments for the guests and a Christmas Memory Tree on display. Guests are invited to either place an ornament on the tree in memory of a loved one, or make one from the supplies that will be provided. At Wasatch Lawn and Mortuary, there will be performances by William Penn and Rosecrest Elementary Schools. At Valley View Funeral Home, they will have performances from the St. Andrews Choir and Orchestra.
Dignity Memorial has also partnered with The Christmas Box House to help local children to have a magical Christmas. A giving tree will be set up in the lobbies at both Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary and Valley View Funeral Home, where patrons can take an ornament off of the tree. The ornament coordinates to a gift that a child would want, being anything from toys to clothes. The patrons can then shop for the items, and bring the gift back to either location. They leave knowing that they helped make Christmas a little more magical for that child.
“We believe creating meaningful ways to pay tribute to a loved one begins with compassion and is shaped by the understanding that each life is truly unique,” says Addison Sharp, community relations representative for all of the Salt Lake City Market of Dignity Memorial.
Before the bustle begins, make sure to remember those who are in your life, who you would like to remember or pay tribute to. Mark your calendar for the annual Christmas Luminary, a meaningful way to pay tribute that will be taking place at three Dignity Memorial Network locations. Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary is located at 3401 South Highland Drive in Millcreek, Utah. Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home is located at 4335 West 4100 South in West Valley City, Utah. Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park South Valley is located at 13001 South 3600 West in Riverton, Utah.