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"Night of Remembrance" keeps memory of loved ones alive

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Last October, Willie Jones' wife of 45 years, Mildred, passed away.

"She loved everyone," Jones remembers. "She believed in giving service."

And as the holidays approach, it's been a tough year for Willie and his daughter, Judith.

But Thursday night, they were able to celebrate their wife and mother.

Candles surrounded the hundreds packed on the front lawn of Trinity Hospital for the 16th annual "Night of Remembrance," each luminary bearing the name of a passed on loved one.

"It's a reminder to me that Mildred still lives," Jones says. "She's in a different place, but a better place, because God only takes the best."

Trinity Bereavement Counselor Wink O'Neal says the ceremony and its symbolism help the living remember the ones who have passed away.

"Light is a powerful symbol," says O'Neal. "It's been a powerful symbol since the beginning of the ages, and light is symbolic of brightness and of life itself."

For some here Thursday evening, it's been years since their loved one passed. For others, like the Joneses, the loss is still recent.

But O'Neal says celebrating the memories of loved ones gone can make it easier for survivors in any stage of grief.

"This just gives us a way to acknowledge that something important has happened," says O'Neal. "That life is going to go on, and it's a way of acknowledging very, very important deep relationships."

And the Joneses say, as the candles continue to burn well into the November night, the light Mildred brought into their lives is still alive and well.

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