Four holiday candlelight services are scheduled this year to help families honor their loved ones who have passed away.
The first candlelight vigil will be today at dusk at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 2648 Jefferson Davis Highway. On Tuesday, from 5:15 to 7 p.m., there will be a candlelight service at Warrenville Cemetery. Candlelight services also will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Bethany Cemetery and at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Graniteville Cemetery.
These ceremonies will serve to commemorate those who have passed and are buried in the respective cemeteries.
Many residents come to these services, according to Jason Hucks, a funeral director with Shellhouse Funeral Home.
“We have several hundred cars that come through throughout the duration of it,” Hucks said.
“We want to give folks a chance to pay respects to loved ones,” he said. “We just want them to spend time with their loved ones during Christmastime, as well as with the ones they’ve buried.”
At the Graniteville Cemetery service, luminaries will need to be picked up before the service at Napier Funeral Home.
“People can light candles and say a prayer or whatever they like,” said Sammie Napier, funeral director of Napier Funeral Home.
At the Sunset Memorial Gardens service, parking will be available in the cemetery and those attending will need to bring matches or a lighter.