December 9, 2020

Concord Regional VNA Commemorates Hospice Lights of Life 25th Anniversary

Concord Regional VNA, the largest home health and hospice provider in New Hampshire, offers the community an opportunity each year to honor and remember loved ones and friends through its Hospice Lights of Life campaign and memorial service. The 2020 Lights of Life campaign marks the 25th anniversary of the program, which began as an awareness campaign to illuminate the vital role of hospice care in New Hampshire.

Concord Regional VNA provides hospice services to more than 900 patients each year throughout the 44 communities it serves in patients’ homes, in skilled nursing settings, and at Hospice House on Pleasant Street in Concord, which was the first facility of its kind in New Hampshire.

The 2020 Lights of Life virtual Community Memorial Service, which includes music, readings, reflection and remembrance, can be viewed at www.crvna.org/lights

“Our hospice team provides excellent care, comfort, guidance and support for patients and their families during what can be an extremely challenging and emotional time in their lives,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO, Concord Regional VNA. “We extend our gratitude to the individuals and businesses who have contributed to our Lights of Life campaign over the years, and welcome community members to join us in honoring and remembering loved ones by viewing our Community Memorial Service online.”

Each fall, Concord Regional VNA invites the New Hampshire community to honor people they have lost by adding names to the Lights of Life Honor Roll – those included do not need to have been part of Concord Regional VNA’s hospice program. In December, the windows of businesses throughout Concord and surrounding communities are illuminated by Lights of Life candles to honor the lives of those who have passed. 

For the 2020 Lights of Life program, more than $68,500 was raised, over 2,500 names were submitted to the Honor Roll and more than 1,300 Lights of Life candles are on display at 144 businesses throughout the Greater Concord area in December. 

Since Hospice Lights of Life was launched in 1995, more than $1.25 million has been raised, more than 3,750 individuals and businesses have participated and the names of more than 50,000 people have been submitted to the Honor Roll for remembrance.

In 1981, Concord Regional VNA began providing hospice care in homes and nursing facilities, and in 1994, the agency opened the first Hospice House in New Hampshire to provide community members with a place to call home during a peaceful and supportive end-of-life journey. The 10-bedroom Hospice House is a warm, personalized home that includes 24-hour skilled nursing care for terminally ill patients and their families. More than 3,500 patients and their families have been cared-for at Hospice House since its doors opened nearly 26 years ago.

Concord Regional VNA has been caring for people in their homes and leading the way in population health since 1899. Concord Regional VNA’s more than 400 highly skilled clinicians and staff members provide unmatched care across the entire life span – from birth to end-of-life. The agency provides a broad array of services, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health, and personal home services, as well as community clinics and wellness programs, to more than 6,500 New Hampshire residents of all ages each year.

For more information about hospice care services offered by Concord Regional VNA, please visit www.crvna.org/services/hospice.