Eric Herl, left, and Wyatt Herl installs lights on the Memory Tree outside the 100 Mile Fire Department. The tree is set to light up on Dec. 11. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press).

Eric Herl, left, and Wyatt Herl installs lights on the Memory Tree outside the 100 Mile Fire Department. The tree is set to light up on Dec. 11. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press).

Memory Tree ceremony to be held virtually this year

Residents asked to send in names of loved ones to 100 Mile Hospice by Dec. 5.

The 100 Mile Hospice plans to hold a virtual 29th annual ‘Memory Tree’ celebration this year.

Those who wish to honour their loved ones are asked to register their names with 100 Mile Hospice by Dec. 5.

The Hospice will then pre-record the celebration – lighting a bulb on the Memory Tree in the hospital cafeteria for every name – followed by a brief ceremony of the songs and poems that typically mark the annual event.

The video will be aired on the Hospice Facebook site or its website at 100miledistricthospice.org at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 and will be available for viewing until the end of the month.

“It’s really meant to be a gift from the hospital to the community,” said Tracy Haddow, executive director of 100 Mile Hospice.

“We just feel it’s such an important thing that we had to figure it out. In some ways, it’s pretty neat.”

The Hospice usually gets about 100 requests for the Memory Tree.

Those interested in participating this year can register their loved one’s name online at 100miledistricthospice.org or in person at Pharmasave, BJ’s Donuts, Donex and The Crafters Market @ The Local Harvest.

The virtual event will coincide with the lighting of the Memory Tree outside the 100 Mile Fire and Rescue department on Horse Lake Road.

The tree will have additional coloured lights to commemorate this year’s event and Haddow encourages the public to “take a moment to drive by and reflect.”

For more information, call 250-395-7680.


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