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Delta Hospice’s annual Celebration of Life event is a meaningful holiday season tradition in Delta. December can be one of the most difficult months of the year for those who are grieving the death of someone who was important to them.
Nov 2012 - Celebration of Life Tree honours loved ones
For the past 20 years, the Delta Hospice Society has displayed a Celebration of Life Tree for the community to honour and remember the life of someone who has died.
People are invited to write a person’s name and message on a decorative tribute card and place it on the Celebration of Life Tree. Another card may be taken home as a memento.
This tradition of placing a card on the tree becomes symbolic of the love and memories that we carry in our heart and helps us to remember the experiences we share or have shared.
“We invite the community to visit the Celebration of Life Tree at the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care”, says Nancy Macey, Executive Director of the Delta Hospice Society. “This is such a sensitive time for many families and we recognize the importance of this ritual as a way of remembering. Understanding volunteers will be present to share memories and stories”, she adds.
Throughout December, the Celebration of Life tree fills up with hundreds of tribute cards, and stories are exchanged between families and volunteers. Information about how to survive the holidays and how to go on living with grief will be available.
The Celebration of Life tree will be up from December 3-21 at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, across from the Ladner Leisure Centre and Municipal Hall. The Centre welcomes visitors to the Tree Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm. Donations are always appreciated but not required.
The Tree will be up until the first week in January 2011 so that family and friends can visit the Tree during Centre hours over the holiday season.
For more information, please call us at 604-948-0660 or visit www.deltahospice.org
Attached is the tag that will be given out to visitors to the Celebration of Life tree.