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Lights of love in Canandaigua’s Kershaw Park

For the second consecutive year, glowing luminarias lined a half-mile stretch of lakeside paths at Kershaw Park. And families had a chance to honor loved ones who have died.

More than 900 candles representing 750 lives were lit Sunday night as part of the Light [the] Hill Luminaria Celebration, an event and fundraiser hosted by Light Hill, formerly Canandaigua Comfort Care Home.

Light Hill Executive Director Suzanne Underhill said the event gave the community an opportunity to “stroll and remember” their late parents, grandparents, siblings, children and friends, and also coincided with National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

“Every person’s name on those luminaria represents a the beauty of a life,” she said. “People standing and remembering their loved one and talking about them and laughing — it’s the sacredness of it. The serenity.”

The non-profit comfort care home — a spacious two-bed residence on Parrish Street Extension that provides a peaceful, supportive, homelike setting for those entering their final chapter of life — has been open two years, and has served more than 45 families.

Light Hill Volunteer Terry Rockwell pitched in Sunday to help set up and clean up, and to remember friends and family.

“When you look at all the names, there’s so many people you haven’t thought about in a while,” she said. “And you see their names and recall them and how you knew them — it’s just a wonderful way to remember people. And it’s just beautiful to be here.”

Rockwell strolled the lakeshore from end to end, stopping to see the luminarias in memory of her mom and dad.

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