FARMINGTON — People who have lost loved ones and would like support during the holidays are invited to attend the Lights of Remeberance service on Thursday.

The service is free, open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington.

It is the eighth year for the service.

"We want to let the families know that we're there," said Pat Bouren, of Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home. "I would say that last year we had close to 150 people show up."

The service is especially helpful to grieving families because memories of a lost loved one during the holiday season can take a particularly large emotional toll, Bouren said.

"It helps in the healing process," she said. "(Families) like the idea that their loved ones are remembered. We're going to have a service and some refreshments after."

Thursday's service will open with prayers in English, Navajo and Spanish, said Rosalie Maez, of Cope Memorial Chapel.

Songs in English and Navajo, guest speakers, a candle lighting ceremony and a flag folding ceremony for deceased veterans with an explanation of what each fold symbolizes will follow.

"Families can come in and sign an ornament," Maez said. "We put the ornament up on a tree which we call "the tree of life.'"

Six funeral homes will be participating in this year's event: Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home of Farmington; Cope Memorial Chapels of Farmington, Aztec and Kirtland; Alternative Choice of Farmington and Angel Valley of Farmington.


"We're going to reach out to all of our families," Maez said. "It's just a way to bring all the families together."

Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home is located at 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington.

For more information regarding the services, contact 505-325-8688.