Memory Tree celebration set for Dec. 1

The annual Memory Tree Celebration takes place Sunday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Williams Lake city hall council chambers and lobby.

The annual Memory Tree Celebration takes place Sunday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Williams Lake city hall council chambers and lobby.

The event is hosted and organized by the Central Cariboo Hospice Palliative Care Society.

“Every year, the Williams Lake Hospice Society hosts the Memory Tree Celebration to commemorate and remember the family and friends we have loved and lost in the past year, and beyond,” says executive director Brianna van de Wijngaard.

“For those who have lost a loved one, the holidays can be a very difficult time. One may feel sad, disappointed, or even guilty.”

Volunteers will be at Save-On-Foods Nov. 18 to 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to take donations for names to be added to the Memory Book and ornaments to be added to the Memory Tree.

On Sunday, Dec, 1 starting at 3 p.m. the celebration opens in the city hall lobby with snacks and refreshments, then follows in the council chambers with poems and spiritual readings, choir performances, harp music, candle lighting, reading of the Memory Book, and a moment of silence.

The program will include performances by Jean Wellburn on harp, the Williams Lake  Men’s Choir, and the Seniors’ Choir. The celebration ends with the lighting of the Memory Tree outside city hall at 4:30 p.m.

Wijngaard says hospice staff, board members, and volunteers aim to support family, friends, and the community at this time by hosting a warm and open environment in which they may remember their loved ones, amongst those who care and understand.

“We invite one and all to this event, however, whether or not it is in commemoration of loved ones lost, or simply to celebrate the season,” Wijngaard says. “Everyone is welcome!”

The event is supported and sponsored by The City of Williams Lake, La Prairie’s Alternate Funeral Services, Save On Foods, and WL Hospice volunteers.

For more information call the hospice office at at 250-392-5430 or email chospice@telus.net.