Formerly Optimal Hospice Foundation

Light Up A Life 2021

Our 2021 Light Up a Life Ceremonies will once again be streamed live due to COVID 19. As a healthcare agency our Board of Directors feel strongly we must make the health and wellness of our communities our top priority. Planning and decision making for Light Up A Life started back in early September when COVID numbers were still very high.  Just like 2020 we will be holding 4 ceremonies broken down by county. Dates are listed below. 

Kern County – December 1st

Fresno/Madera/Tulare/Kings Counties – December 2nd

Stanislaus/San Joaquin/Merced Counties – December 7th

Los Angeles/Orange Counties – December 9th 




If you received a Light Up A Life mailer with an enclosed response card to submit your loved ones names, please note due to a production error the back of the card is blank. New response cards are being mailed on November 8th. If would like to submit your loved ones name(s) prior to receiving the new card you can write the names on the blank side of the card you received. Please indicate if the person was a veteran and which of the 4 ceremonies you would like the name(s) to be read. We apologize for any inconvenience this error has caused.

Foundation Update

Since 1979 the Optimal Hospice Foundation has been committed to our Mission to ensure hospice care and other compassionate programs are available for families facing a life-limiting illness. Programs include outreach & education, hospice care funding for the uninsured and bereavement support including an annual Kids Camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. To fullfil this Mission the Foundation has partnered with Optimal Hospice Care. In 2018, Optimal Hospice Care was purchased by Bristol Hospice and in October of this year all Optimal locations changed their name to Bristol Hospice.

To reflect our continued partnership we are excited to announce that on January 1, 2021 the Optimal Hospice Foundation changed its name to Bristol Hospice Foundation of CA. We will continue to fulfill our Mission, programs, services and events with same team of staff and volunteers. This change allows us to grow and serve more families as we will partner with all California Bristol locations – growing from 8 community office locations to 19.


Memorial and General Donations

Donate through our website or download our charitable contribution form and mail with a check.

Kids Camp

Learn more about our summer program for children who have expeience the loss of a loved one.


Read through our archive of past newsletters to learn more about our foundation.