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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hospice hosts annual Angel Tree in memory of loved ones who are gone

Crystal Chatman, hospice patient care manager and angel tree organizer, shows off one of the ornaments.JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Someone once wrote, “Cherish their memories and in our hearts they live forever.” That was the sentiment at this year’s Hospice Angel Tree ceremony at Tetrick Funeral Home.

The annual event celebrates the lives of Mountain States Hospice patients and team members’ loved ones who passed away this year.

Families were invited to donate on behalf of their loved ones and received a lovely antique ivory angel ornament, with matte gold filigree. Family members hung the ornaments on the angel tree in Tetrick’s lobby as their loved ones’ names were read. Tetrick donates the space and a 16-foot tree especially for this event.

“The holidays can be difficult for families who have lost someone,” said Crystal Chatman, RN, hospice patient care manager and angel tree organizer. “For them, it is often a sad time. Our angel tree gives them an opportunity to gather, remember and honor their loved ones in a positive way.”

More than $1,200 was raised, which will assist hospice families in need in 2018.

At the end of the ceremony, families were invited to participate in Mountain States’ holiday grief support group, which meets Dec. 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Senior Center. This group is open to people throughout our communities who are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. For more information about the grief support group, call Robbie Barlow at 423-431-6140.