There is scarcely a person who not been impacted by the loss of a loved one due to a terminal illness and the holiday season can be emotional and tough for those who have lost loved ones.
Caring Hands Hospice in Highland hosted an open house and tree lighting ceremony Dec. 8 to honor those lost and affected by terminal illnesses.
Survivors purchased pewter angel ornaments in honor of their loved ones and placed their name on the tree as it was lit.
Nurses, staff, community members and special guest Denise Gibbons were present for the touching celebration of life.
Gibbons sang beautiful Christmas songs for the group ,and everyone was treated to a holiday buffet.
There was standing room only at the tree, bearing the names of those whose lives were affected and bettered by the services of Caring Hands Hospice.
Hospice is an end of life care program where nurses and other medical professionals spend time with terminal patients.
The nurses and staff are also a support system for families dealing with terminal illness and offering counseling as to what a family can expect as the illness runs its course.
Many of the nurses become life-long friends of the families through their close interaction with the patient.
Many patient's are spared having to live in long term care facilities thanks to Hospice Care.
The holiday tree stands as a testament to the many lives Hospice touches throughout the year and their special place in the community.