On Nov. 9, 2017, Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, held its annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony.
The event was held to honor those who have lost their battle with Alzheimer’s disease and those who are still fighting. Several family members of current and past residents at Garden Terrace, as well as associates and community members, attended.
Debbie Biehl, executive director, welcomed everyone and introduced a music video produced by Garden Terrace’s parent company, Life Care Centers of America, that focused on the experience of Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Guests lit candles in honor or memory of a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s, sharing the person’s name as each candle was lit.
The program also included Mallory Huck, music therapist, singing “You Raise Me Up,” and a prayer about Alzheimer’s read by Barbara Bell, health information director, and Aubrey Foland, daughter of Megan Foland, recreation director.
Lindy Griffith, social worker, spoke about how hard it is to care for and lose loved ones with Alzheimer’s, and fellow social worker Susan Hocker read a poem.
The evening culminated with a balloon release in the facility courtyard, while Huck sang “I’ll Fly Away.”
“Sitting and reflecting is difficult for individuals working in long-term care,” said Megan Foland, recreation director. “The candlelight ceremony is the perfect place for associates and family members to take a moment to honor and remember all those who we love who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”