Survivors Light a Life in remembrance of loved ones

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People purchased a luminary for $10 in memory of a loved one, to be lit and placed on the sidewalk along Arnold Avenue on Nov. 5. Participants were able to write a message in chalk on the sidewalk in front of their luminaries. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Luminaries lined Arnold Avenue on Friday evening for the first “Light a Life” Walk of Remembrance in Point Pleasant sponsored by Common Ground Grief Center.

More than 500 luminaries were distributed in exchange for $10 donations,  according to Common Ground director Lynn Snyder. The nonprofit provides peer support for children and teens who have lost a parent or sibling.

“It’s been lovely to see the people walking through the town. It’s been meaningful for them especially during the onset of the holidays,” Ms. Snyder said. “This time of year can be hard for people who have lost someone.”

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From 4 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5, family members were able to view the luminaries downtown and leave messages in chalk with the names of the deceased on sidewalks.

“This is the first year we have integrated the chalk,” said Mrs. Snyder, who holds masters degree in art therapy. “We use a lot of creative arts at our center to help the kids express themselves and their feelings. Sometimes they don’t have words to express their feelings, but through the arts it helps them, so we thought it would be a nice touch.”

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