MILFORD-,Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice joins with families each year to remember the lives of loved ones throughout the holiday season. The Lights of Life Memorial Tree Lighting has been a seasonal staple for friends and family in the tri-state area for nearly two decades. Families are invited to participate in this commemorative tradition.

The Pike County Lights of Life event will be held Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd on Catharine and 5th Street in Milford; the Sussex County Lights of Life Memorial will be held Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. In the atrium at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Sussex County Community College.

At the conclusion of each of the Lights of Life presentation, a memorial tree will be lit to commemorate the shining place our loved ones have held in our hearts and minds.

Pike County’s Lights of Life Memorial Tree will glow at the Memorial Park, located on the corner of Catharine and 5th Street in Milford, and Sussex County’s Lights of Life campaign will illuminate Newton Town Square Park’s live evergreen, along with several trees adorning the gazebo. There is also one in Warren County.

The thousands of white lights and decorative Moravian stars represent donations sent to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in memory of a family member or friend.

"The memorial service and tree lightings provide a meaningful way for people to come together and share the emotions commonly experienced throughout the holidays. Lights of Life is a thoughtful, comforting service at which participants can honor and remember their loved ones," stated Louis Ruggiero, President of Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home.

Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home has been the Event Sponsor of the Lights of Life Tree Lighting and Memorials for the past decade and continues to assist Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice with the presentation of this community outreach to area families.

Participants are invited to remember a loved one this holiday season by donating $20.00 per name. This donation invites the participant to acknowledge this gift by sending notification and a commemorative star lapel pin to a designated recipient.

For a $100.00 gift, the donor will also receive a commemorative Lenox ornament especially chosen to highlight the 2013 special event. To remember a loved one this holiday season, please visit for a downloadable Lights of Life form, or call 800-882-1117 for assistance.