The holidays bring joy, but it can also be a time of sorrow for those who have lost a loved one.
Each year, Hoffmann Hospice invites the community to its Light Up a Life event.
People packed The Marketplace in Southwest Bakersfield to celebrate their loved ones and light a candle in their memory.
“Everyone in our community can gather together before we start the hustle and bustle of the holidays just to remember our loved ones who have passed away and kind of pause and invite them back into our lives and remember the great things about them that we miss and that we hold dear,” Tamara Varner of Hoffmann Hospice said of the event.
The event culminated with a tree lighting ceremony.