ABILENE, Texas -

The West Texas Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of the Big Country work to the loss of a loved one a little less painful during their annual candlelight memorial.

The memorial honors hospice patients lost over the past year. About 200 former hospice patients were remembered Thursday. One of them was Barbara Whisenhunt who passed away on September 8th.

"She was just one of those giving, loving persons that would do anything for anybody," said Whisenhunt’s daughter, Cindy Sipe.

Whisenhunt was a rodeo cowgirl and an animal lover, but six years ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Sipe said she was surprised by the support she received while her mom was in a care facility.

"I couldn't have asked for any better from hospice, from the doctors," Sipe said.

Although saying goodbye to a loved one is always hard, Sipe hoped Thursday’s ceremony would help her heal.

"For tonight just to light that candle for my mom you know it's like she's not forgotten," said Sipe.

For Sipe’s father, her mother's death was especially difficult.

"He got up every morning and went to the truck stop and ate breakfast and went and saw my mom he doesn't have any place to go every morning and so he has really been lost," Sipe said.  

"It's not easy but I know she's so excited to be in heaven so that helps you," she added.