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Annual Hospice Tree of Life

By Staff | Nov 30, 2010

Hospice of Palo Alto County will hold its annual Tree of Life ceremony in which an evergreen tree will be “brought to life” during a special ceremony at Palo Alto County Hospital.

As donations to Hospice are received, lights are placed on the tree in memory of loved ones or in honor of the living. The tree will be lighted at a special ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 pm, in the hospital’s new same-day surgery entrance. After the lighting ceremony, a reception with light refreshments will be held in the hospital’s boardroom. All people honored on the Tree of Life will be listed in a book next to the tree and will continue to be filled with names in future years. The tree will remain lit throughout the holiday to symbolize the presence of those honored and remembered.

Money raised from this program, will help sponsor Hospice services. Hospice services are provided for terminally ill patients and their families. It is a team effort that provides comfort and care for the family and patient. The hospice team consists of a medical director, nurses, social worker, clergy, pharmacist and volunteers. The emphasis is to allow terminally ill patients to live their remaining time in the comfort of their own home with their family, while providing support services to both the patient and their family. Services can include in-home nursing care, home care services, respite care relief for caregivers, and support services.

Donations and name of the loved one being remembered or honored may be sent to Hospice Tree of Life, 3201 1st Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Hospice Tree of Life, Hospice services, or volunteer opportunities for Hospice should call Karen Kauffman, R.N. at 712-852-5419.