POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Arnold Avenue in downtown Point Pleasant Beach was lined with lights memorializing the lost loved ones of many families and individuals during the Common Ground Grief Center’s 2nd Annual Light A Life, Walk of Remembrance on Friday, Nov. 4.
At 4 p.m., just as the sun began to set, members of the community and surrounding areas gathered to light a luminary in memory or honor of a lost loved one. More than 500 lights, each with a name written on the luminary bag, were lit until 8 p.m. Families could be seen writing messages in chalk along the road to their loved ones, bringing special memorabilia, photos and even flowers to honor the lives lost in addition to their luminary bag. Bereaved families and friends shared stories of their loved ones to each other as well.
The event, held in collaboration with the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Manasquan Bank, was the second of such walks led by Common Ground, a center for grieving children, teens and their families.
Common Ground Founding Director Lynn Snyder told The Ocean Star, “The Light A Life Walk of Remembrance was born of a desire to acknowledge that grief is hard, and it’s especially hard at the onset of the holidays.
Holidays tend to spark a jovial atmosphere but for those that are grieving, and particularly the newly bereaved, the holidays can be an extremely sad and overwhelming time.”
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