35th Annual Tree of Memories Recap
Approximately 70 people gathered Thursday, December 6th at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley to remember lost loved ones, many of whom received hospice care from TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado (TRU HNC). An annual tradition in the community, this celebration is an important part of the grief process for many family members coping with a loss during the Holidays.
CEO of TRU Community Care and TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado, Michael McHale, welcomed guests and spoke about the impact the holidays can have on the journey of grief. Michael explained how our losses can often be felt more poignantly during the holidays as we are reminded of times our loved ones were with us. HNC Grief Counselor, Julie Miller, shared insight on how the holidays can be a difficult time and can be deeply emotional for those facing their first holiday season or yet another holiday season without that special someone. She spoke about the importance of talking with others and taking time out for yourself. It’s okay if our holidays don’t look exactly like a Hallmark Movie.
Development Department Coordinator and Family Caregiver, Debra Heyart, shared a personal story about her families’ experience using hospice services for her Mother-In-Law and took time to remember and share funny stories about Fredene. Sue Sabas led the participants in placing memory cards on the Tree of Memories and lighting candles as they reflected on special times with their loved ones. The program ended with the lighting of the tree. The Tree of Memories will be on display throughout the holiday season at the TRU HNC Administrative building.
The evening ended with participants reminiscing as they watched the family slideshow, looked through the Book of Memories, and enjoyed homemade goodies.