The Honey Lake Hospice’s Memorial Tree displays the names of loved ones.

Honey Lake Hospice hosts different ‘Light Up A Life’ tree lighting this year

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into many plans this year, and the Honey Lake Hospice’s “Light Up A Life” tree lighting ceremony is another local casualty.

According to a statement from the hospice, “November 2020 marks the 17th year of the Honey Lake Hospice “Light Up A Life” tree lighting. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, we will be unable to gather for this special event. However, we are continuing the tradition of placing doves on our Hospice Memorial Tree” out in front of Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road, Susanville.

Residents may honor the memory of their loved ones by purchasing a dove that will be inscribed with the loved one’s name and then placed on the Hospice Memorial Tree.

The dove forms are available for sale at Margie’s Book Nook and Plumas Bank — $10 for a laminated paper dove and $100 for a perpetual acrylic dove. At the conclusion of the annual event, participants gather around the tree to find their loved ones’ dove.

“As in past years, our tree will be placed outside at Eagle Lake Village,” according to the hospice’s statement. “All are welcome to visit the tree, which lights up at night, from Saturday, Nov. 21 through the first of the New Year.

“We hope you will stop by our Memorial Tree and take time to remember your loved ones this holiday season.”

Honey Lake Hospice, an all-volunteer organization, has remained busy helping patients and their families during their end-of-life journey along with the COVID concerns.

Larissa Bauer, Shirley Bowden, Debra Sorol and Nicole Merkle don hats for high tea during last year’s Honey Lake Hospice Afternoon Tea fundraiser — an event that’s expected to return in 2021. File photos

“We hope to see our friends and community members at Afternoon Tea and Light Up A Life in 2021,” the hospice wrote.  And we also thank those who have supported Honey Lake Hospice by making donations and contributions.”

For more information, call Honey Lake Hospice at 257-3137.


Some tips from Honey Lake Hospice to help you get through the holidays if you recently lost a loved one

            Accept the likelihood of your pain — There is no despair so absolute as/Which comes from the first moments/Of our first great sorrow/When we have not yet known/What it is to have suffered and be healed/Have despaired and recovered hope.

George Eliot

Feel what it is you feel — But what am I?/An infant crying in the night/An infant crying for the light/And with no language but a cry.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Express your emotions — Sorrow words: The grief that does not speak/Fears the o’er-fraught heart and holds it break.

William Shakespeare

Plan ahead — When schemes are laid in advance, surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.

Sir William Osler

Take charge where you can — It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

Helen Keller

Turn to others for support — What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies.


I felt it shelter to speak to you.

Emily Dickinson

Be gentle with yourself — Have patience with all the world, but first of all with yourself.

Francis DeSales

Remember to remember — What the heart once owned and had, it shall never lose.

Henry Ward Beecher

Only stay quiet while the mind remembers the beauty of the first from the beauty of the embers.

John Masefield

Search out and count your blessings — Amid my list of blessings infinite stands this the foremost, “That my heart had bled.”

Edward Young

Do something for others — All that is not given is lost.

Indian proverb

The one who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured one’s own.


Give voice to your soul — Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.

Oscar Wilde

There is more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Harbor hope — Let me not pray to be sheltered from the dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heat to conquer it.

Rabindranath Tagore