Luminaries mark love, light, remembrances

Manuel Acuna (right) with his family make a paper bag lantern called a luminary during the Hospice of the Valleys Love, Light & Remembrance event in honor of his wife Judy who passed away. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Tim O’Leary Special to the Valley News Many trails crisscross Temecula. One of those trails recently took your humble storyteller to the wine country for a yearly event that seeks to soften the sting of death and despair. That outing – the 6th annual Love, Light & Remembrance Evening – drew about 90 people to Wilson Creek Winery. It marked my introduction to luminaries, an encounter that took place amid thoughts of loss and lamentation. Myself and others were fed and comforted, all at the same time, as we decorated and then lighted plastic bags that marked the passing of friends or family members. Harpist Mary Shurleff played soul-soothing music throughout. The Nov. 16 event was hosted by Hospice of the Valleys, a nonprofit based in Murrieta for over 40 years. Most of the at
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