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Community Hospice Plans Candlelight Vigil For May 1

During these unpredictable times, we often look towards others to provide us resources and support. Community Hospice officials note that, as we are all doing our best to navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some may be feeling mental, emotional, and physical fatigue. It is important to remember that although there is much uncertainty at this time, we will get through this together. Lighting a candle is a way to honor the families that have been affected by COVID-19, our brave healthcare workers, first responders and volunteers across our nation that continue to diligently work during this crisis, as well as all of our friends and neighbors that continue to shelter-in-place to ensure the health and safety of others.

“We invite our friends and neighbors to join us as we take a moment to reflect on the past few months and those that have been affected by COVID-19,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President/CEO. “Lighting a candle provides us the opportunity to continue to shelter-in-place, yet come together to show our unity and gratitude for all those who continue to put their own needs aside for the sake of others.”

The Candlelight Vigil will take place on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Please consider lighting a candle, placing it on your porch, driveway or in a front window, and uploading a photo of it to social media,” said McLeod. “If you feel inspired you may choose to share the name of someone you are lighting the candle in honor of.”

Those taking part as asked to please tag Community Hospice on Facebook at @CommunityHospiceCV and use hashtags #CommunityHospice, #STANstrong, #StanBuyMe, #LoveOurCities, #LoveMo, #inthistogether, #stancounty.

Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the 16-bed Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community.

For additional information, call 209-578-6301 or visit