In a moving part of the Light Up A Life ceremony, the United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir, directed by Dennis Roberts, tolls the bells as the names of loved ones are read out loud. File photo

Hospice tree-lighting ceremony held Saturday

The Honey Lake Hospice hosts its annual Light Up A Life Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Eagle Lake Village.

November is National Hospice and Pallative Care Month, so it’s important to raise awareness about essential care and to acknowledge those who provide the care to loved ones.

The holidays can be especially difficult for those who recently lost a loved one, and the tree-lighting ceremony provides an opportunity to honor and remember those loved ones.

As participants gather inside Eagle Lake Village, Debra Sokol sings, “I Will Light A Candle,” a song of remembrance.

Participants then move outside and the United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir tolls the bells as the names of the departed are read. After the names are read, the choir plays a musical piece and the tree is lit with lighted doves containing the names of those remembered.

Many participants gather around the tree to find their loved one’s name.

Participants may purchase a dove in advance at Margie’s Book Nook.

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


Tips from Honey Lake Hospice on how to get through the holidays

  • Accept the likelihood of your pain.
  • Feel whatever it is you feel.
  • Express your emotions.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Take charge where you can.
  • Turn to others for support.
  • Be gentle with yourself.
  • Remember to remember.
  • Search out and count your blessings.
  • Do something for others.
  • Give voice to your soul.
  • Harbor hope.