Hospice tree of remembrance
Camphill support worker Ashley Praiz (left), Chloe from Camphill, Teneal Childs, Hospice Simcoe volunteer co-ordinator and Mike from Camphill display the doves available at Hospice Simcoe for placement on the tree or purchase for the home. PHOTO: SUBMITTED BY HOSPICE SIMCOE
STAFF – Hospice Simcoe welcomes people who are grieving the loss of a loved one to place a dove on their Tree of Remembrance this year.
“What was once a festive time of celebration full of traditions and rituals can now feel sad and empty,” said Teresa Harris, the hospice’s bereavement co-ordinator.
“Acknowledging your loss and embracing the painful emotions can help when here seems to be no joy.”
Hospice Simcoe is welcoming people to visit the residence at 336 Penetanguishene Rd. throughout December, and place a dove ornament on its Tree of Remembrance in honour of their loved one.
There is no cost to place a dove ornament on the Remembrance tree.
However, the hospice is selling ceramic dove ornaments created for Hospice Simcoe by developmentally-challenged people at Camphill Communities.
Hospice Simcoe has provided support programs since 1988. Seven years ago, Hospice opened its 10-bedroom residential facility in Barrie providing 24-hour palliative care to almost 1,400 people who have lived their final days or weeks at the centre.