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2019 Tree of Life Ceremony


Tuesday, December 10, 2019


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Fitzgibbon Hospital Atrium

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2305 South Highway 65

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The 27th Annual Hospice “Tree of Life” ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the atrium at Fitzgibbon Hospital. The annual tradition provides families who have experienced the loss of a loved one an opportunity to honor their memory by hanging a Christmas ornament with their name on it during the ceremony.

In addition to the more than 100 families who will hang ornaments on the tree in honor of their loved one at this year’s ceremony, staff from The Living Center will hang ornaments in honor of the residents who have died over the last 12 months while staying at the long-term care facility adjacent to Fitzgibbon Hospital.

“This annual event is a chance for our families to honor their loved ones during a season of caring and sharing. It is therapeutic for them to get together with other families who have experienced loss in the same time frame as they have,” said Angie Pogue, R.N., Nurse Care Manager from Fitzgibbon Community Services which includes Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice, Fitzgibbon Home Health and Fitzgibbon Homemakers and More.

In addition to the placing of ornaments on the Christmas tree in the atrium, attendees will be serenaded with sounds of the season by the Choraliers, the premiere vocal music group from Marshall High School under the direction of Ryan Layton.

“The families we provide care to often become like our own family. We see them, cry with them, and care for them just the same, during some of the darkest moments of their lives,” said Pogue. “The holidays are often very difficult as we think about those we have lost. That is why the Tree of Life ceremony has become such a community tradition, because it helps us to cope with that loss.”

Ornaments are for sale in the Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Gift Shop or in the Fitzgibbon Community Services Office. Proceeds help patients who are receiving care from Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice.

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