The holiday season can be a difficult time when you have lost a loved one. The Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice Program held the fourteenth annual Tree of Light Celebration Monday evening to honor and to remember special individuals during the holidays.
"This event is a very personal and reverent annual celebration of the lives of the patients we have had the honor to take care of in the past year," says Dr. Donna E. Coletti, Medical Director of Palliative Care and the Hospice program at Greenwich Hospital. "It's an event for the patients as well as their families, however it focuses on those who have passed and the lights are representative of those patients."
"I think it brings a lot of peace and spiritual calm when you have the opportunity to come and join with other people who are experiencing the same thing and take that quiet moment to remember somebody," says Linda St. Pierre, Director of the Hospice program at Greenwich Hospital.
Families gathered for a service that included encouraging comments, sentimental songs from vocalists and the lighting of a bulb to remember loved ones. The service also honored Joseph Jordan, a member of the Hospice team, who has made a significant difference as a care giver.
"I think it's just a really good time for the community to come together to recognize the Hospice team," says St. Pierre. "We have a unique group of individuals and they really put a lot of expertise and time to make a difference everyday."
The Hospice team led families outside to observe the lighting of the tree. Each light honors a special individual and all names will be entered into the Annual Book of Honor that is permanently on display in Greenwich Library.