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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mountain States hosts Hospice Celebration of Life to honor patients who've passed away

Hospice CNA Torainna Hensley hugs a patient’s loved one.Losing a loved one is never easy. In the days and weeks after a passing, families and friends don’t always have the time or opportunity to achieve closure.

The Mountain States Hospice team recently held its semi-annual Celebration of Life event to honor its patients who have passed.

Families and friends of patients were invited to attend this very special ceremony. They were greeted by Hospice volunteers, and then were reunited with Hospice team members who played such an important role in the end-of-life experience. They were given a single daisy that symbolized their loved one, which was then placed on a memorial wreath.

“Often families choose not to have a funeral or celebration of life for people who died. If they do, many are still in a state of shock when the ceremony happens,” said Anna Butler, hospice chaplain and event organizer. “Our Hospice Celebration of Life provides a ritual for families and friends to ceremoniously find a proper place for their memories and acknowledge the importance of the people who died.”

Hospice holds a Ceremony of Life twice a year — one in spring and one in the fall. It was hosted by Tetrick Funeral Home. Special thanks to Laura Graham, of Tetrick, who makes these events possible.