Candlelight service to honor caregivers


By Abby Hackmann - [email protected]



Rev. J. Billy Graham will be the guest speaker for the candlelight service held at the St. Luke United Methodist Church Thursday.


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LAURINBURG — A candlelight service will be held this week in honor of Family Caregiver Month.

The Pilot Club of Laurinburg is sponsoring a public candlelight service Thursday for caregivers or friends and family of someone suffering from a chronic illness. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the St. Luke United Methodist Church on 1501 Turnpike Road.

“There is a need for this service, there are a lot of people out there that have Alzheimer’s and other diseases and they need support,” said Pilot Club member Linda Troutman. “The ceremony helps raise awareness and support for the people out there with diseases.”

During the service, Rev. J. Billy Graham will share his story of being married to Elizabeth Ann Graham, who suffered from Alzheimer’s for 10 years. The couple were together for 62 years, had five children and lived in Carthage. Graham took care of his wife until she passed away on Oct. 10.

The annual ceremony invites community members to celebrate and honor loved ones that have passed due to chronic illnesses. It also raises awareness and hope for those living with Alzheimer’s or other chronic diseases. It is held in part of the November National Family Caregivers Month. The annual celebration is a salute to the family members, friends and caregivers for the people suffering from chronic illnesses.

The Pilot Club of Laurinburg have been hosting the candlelight service for at least 12 years. The club decided to get involved because the organization that promotes brain health and focus on brain related diseases, disorder and injuries.

A candlelight ceremony will be held in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away due to a disease or disorder.

“Join us for Family Caregiver Month to enlighten our community and leaders to the growing number of families involved in care giving,” Troutman said. “Help us to illuminate the critical need for services and support for families caring for individuals with memory impairment, the frail elderly, chronically ill and disabled.”

Candlelight Reflections is a statewide observance of unity and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and all family caregivers.

“We will honor families and friends who provide support, love, and care through life’s most difficult times,” she said.

Rev. J. Billy Graham will be the guest speaker for the candlelight service held at the St. Luke United Methodist Church Thursday.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_2028.jpgRev. J. Billy Graham will be the guest speaker for the candlelight service held at the St. Luke United Methodist Church Thursday. Contributed Photo

By Abby Hackmann

[email protected]

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

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