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SHERMAN,TX--- The holidays can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones. No longer being able to celebrate and spend time with them is always hard, but now some are finding comfort in a ceremony called "Light Up a Life".

The ceremony remembers lost loved ones by placing an ornament and a light on a Christmas tree in their honor. Tonight, dozens participated in the event at Kelly's Square. It was an evening that was both therapeutic and philanthropic.

"It's just a really special way to start the Christmas season when you reflect on people who have taught you so many life lessons," Executive Director of Home Hospice Sherry Little said.

For the last 31 years, Home Hospice has been hosting the ceremony which honors loved ones who have passed and raises money for a good cause.

"Each $10 gift or more gets a symbolic light on the tree of lights and that money is used to help fund the care of our patients who come to the end of their life without insurance or resources for their care," Little said.

Everyone who donates gets a dove ornament, which they can dedicate to their loved one. That person's name is written on the ornament and then it is hung on the tree for everyone to see.

"It means a lot because it means one more person has been taken care of by this awesome place to go," Joan Douglass, who donated in honor of her friend, said. 

Douglass said that is why nights like this are so important. Not only is the nonprofit raising valuable funds for their services, but they're also honoring those who have used their services in the past.

Donations are continuing to be accepted through December 20th. This year, Home Hospice's goal is to raise $100 thousand. 

To donate, click here.