Light Up A Life

Each year Optimal Hospice Foundation hosts several local remembrance celebrations throughout California during the month of December and invites the community to sponsor a light on a tree in memory of a loved one or to honor someone living. All proceeds from light donations help provide hospice services in your local community.

The celebration includes a personal reflection by a hospice family member, the reading of the memorial names by hospice nurses & volunteers, inspirational music, and the lighting of our Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is adorned with ornaments representing a light in memory of loved ones and friends. Candle lightings take place at all outdoor events.

The Celebration is free to attend and open to everyone, not just those touched by hospice care. For a suggested $10 donation an ornament with your loved ones name will be placed on our Tree of Live and if received prior to the event date their name will be read during the Celebration. A donation form can be printed by opening the attachment below.

The Foundation would like thank our sponsors, donors, attendees, staff and volunteers who support our Light Up A Life events. Optimal Hospice Care provides bereavement services in all of our communities at no cost. If you are in need of assistance please contact your local office for more information. 


Light Up a Life Goes Virtual in 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic our 2020 Light Up a Life ceremonies will be streamed live. Our virtual program will be much like the uplifting gatherings we have each year including the reading of our loved ones names and the lighting of the tree.

New for 2020 – by using the form below you can now submit your names and make a donation using our new secure site. Online name submission form is located at the bottom of this page. Names can still be submit by mail by printing the PDF file “Donation and Name Submission Form” located below.

2020 Light Up A Life Dates 

KERN COUNTY – Wednesday, December 2nd hosted by Greenlawn Funeral Homes Bakersfield

FRESNO/KINGS/MADERA/TULARE COUNTIES – Thursday, December 3rd hosted by Soma Community Church Fresno

STANISLAUS/SAN JOAQUIN COUNTIES Tuesday, December 8th hosted by Oakdale Riverbank Memorial Chapel

LA/ORANGE COUNTIES – Thursday, December 10th Halley Olsen Funeral Home Lancaster

All Light Up A Life Ceremonies will start at 6pm

Link to view each Celebration will be posted here and on our Facebook page 24 hours prior to start of the ceremony

Light Up a Life On-line Name Submission and Donation Form


Please use this form to submit your loved ones names to be read at the Optimal Hospice Foundation 2020 Virtual Light Up A Life Celebration of your choice. If you need to submit more names than this form allows please contact the Foundation office at 661-716-8000.

I Dedicate Light(s) in Memory of:

I Dedicate Light(s) in Honor of Someone Living:

After submitting this form you will be directed to our secure donation site.