Candlelight vigil for those affected by eating disorders

By Keith Hartenberger
Edward-Elmhurst Health
Posted4/23/2019 9:14 AM

Naperville-based Linden Oaks Behavioral Health will play host to its 16th annual Candlelight Vigil for those affected by eating disorders.

The vigil, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, in the Healing Garden on the campus of Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St. This year's theme is "Embracing Transformation and Becoming the Change."


"While the recovery journey is different for every person living with an eating disorder, the similar thread is that you embrace your own transformation process and find peace with change," says Erin Terada, clinical director, Linden Oaks Eating Disorders Program.

Terada says the vigil is a powerful opportunity for those in recovery to share stories, reconnect with former patients and families, and give hope to others as well as themselves. More than 300 people will gather to motivate and encourage recovery, provide support for families, commemorate those who have lost their lives and recognize those who have recovered and survived.

The vigil will feature speeches by recovering/recovered eating disorders patients and family members whose loved ones passed away due to eating disorders; musical performances; presentations by former Linden Oaks eating disorders program patients; and a candle lighting ceremony.

The Linden Oaks Eating Disorders Program, designated a Center of Excellence by The Joint Commission, offers four levels of care with the latest techniques designed to help adults and adolescents recover from anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders.

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For a free assessment, call the Linden Oaks Help Line at (630) 305-5027.

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