A Light to Remember
Celebrate hope and remember those who suffer in a night of healing. Eventbrite link here
- Have the opportunity to share a name/photo on the Memory Wall and light a luminary for recovery and healing.
- Receive free naloxone and a community resource bag, filled with items generously donated by local businesses and organizations.
- Share a moment of silence and view lighted luminaries on the lake.
- Receive a food truck voucher worth $7 during the event, from your choice of on-site, local food trucks.
All community members are invited. Admission is free. The experience of remembering and honoring is priceless.
This event is an opportunity to honor and show community support for those who are (or ever have been) in need of hope, healing, and recovery, those experiencing substance use disorder and friends/family who have supported someone with SUD. Each year, August 31 is recognized worldwide as International Overdose Awareness Day, which is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose and remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. The campaign raises awareness of overdose, which is one of the world’s worst public health crises. Through this event, we acknowledge the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury from a drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable. Participating in our local event allows community members to come together in support of each other through a common experience. We are also able to continue educating the community about what substance use disorder really is and how to better support those who need it.
7:30 pm – 8:55 pm: Meander through community partner booths, pick up your Resource Bag, receive a brief naloxone training session and free naloxone kit, launch a luminary, post on the Memory Wall, learn about local resources, redeem your food voucher, enjoy the experience of sharing in this honor with the community.
9:00 pm: Moment of Silence honoring those who have been lost to overdose (in support of International Overdose Awareness Day, #endoverdose).
We sincerely appreciate the community partners who are supporting this event:
- Tooele Opioid Response Network
- Utah State University Health Extension Tooele County
- Tooele County Health Department
- Nat-su Healthcare
- Young People in Recovery, Tooele Chapter
- Mountain West Medical Center
- Valley Behavioral Health Mobile Crisis Outreach Team
- Stansbury Health Center, University of Utah Health
- Caring Connections Grief Support, University of Utah Health
- 180 Ministries
- Health Choice Utah
Parking and all activities are free. All community members are invited, pre-registration is requested.
For those who can’t join us due to distance, health, or any other reason, we have created a signature Remember at Home luminary kit. Simply complete the request form, and your kit will be shipped to the mailing address on file at no cost, in time to participate with us on August 31.