South Whidbey honors All Souls

Cary Peterson and Meg Peterson set up luminaries for All Soul’s Eve, Nov. 1, at Langley Woodmen Cemetery. - Celeste Erickson / The Record
Cary Peterson and Meg Peterson set up luminaries for All Soul’s Eve, Nov. 1, at Langley Woodmen Cemetery.
— image credit: Celeste Erickson / The Record

South Whidbey residents reunited and remembered their loved ones during All Soul’s Eve last week.

On Friday, Nov. 1, the Langley Woodmen Cemetery was lined with luminaries along the pathways and near graves as people walked along sharing memories of those who have passed. Those who wanted to remember someone not in the cemetery placed luminaries throughout the area.

The annual event was put on by Friends of the Langley Woodmen Cemetery. The group has organized the event since 1996. Volunteers put together the more than 300 luminaries by placing candles in white paper bags filled with sand. By the end of the night, the cemetery was glowing from their light.

The night was perfect for the event — warm and still, said organizer Cary Peterson.

Peterson volunteers for the event every year. She said she wanted to do something for people to remember their loved ones.

“It’s so meaningful for a quiet little event,” Peterson said.

Langley resident Lynn Hays attended the event to say hello to friends and family members no longer with her, she said.

Hays, who goes to All Soul’s Eve every year, said the event is a beautiful way to honor the cemetery and those in it.

Langley resident Jane Klassen and Clinton resident Morgana Morgaine attended the event for the first time this year.

The two spent their time telling each other stories to remember those who have passed.

Morgaine did not have anyone buried in the Langley cemetery and placed her luminary near a tree. She chose the tree, which was split near the base, because it looked “like the loving arms of creation.”

Klassen said she enjoyed the event and the opportunity to remember family and friends.

The event is a wonderful tradition,” she said.

Peterson said the event provides a special moment for everyone who lost someone and she wants to make it a beautiful place.

“I like doing things that means something to people,” she said.


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