Hospice trees to honor loved ones

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Again this year Hospice of Washington County and the Washington Public Library are teaming up to provide a glowing tribute to the loved ones of people in the community from shortly after Thanksgiving through the beginning of 2018.

Again this year two trees will feature prominently in the front windows of the library, with each ornament honoring someone. Hospice staff invites Washington residents to donate an ornament in honor of a loved one?s memory to be displayed on the tree, this year and for many years to come. The organization has had the pleasure of receiving many ornaments that make the Memorial Trees overflowing with unique remembrances of each loved one. These include ornaments of tractors, personal photos, cardinals, Harley Davison, fishing, baking, gardening and handmade craft ornaments that are a small representation of whom they are to honor.

?Right now we have two trees but if we get more ornaments we will have three,? marketing director Robyn Harvey-Smith said.

Ornaments will become property of Hospice of Washington County, therefore not returnable, and they will be placed on the trees year after year.

Hospice would like the ornament to indicate the person it is to memorialize, in a manner that is permanent ? either on the ornament or by a securely attached tag. Please include any important information such as names or dates. The oldest ornament on the tree is from 2002.

Hospice of Washington County will be displaying the Community Memorial Trees at the Washington Public Library starting November 30 and throughout the month of December. There is no cost for this memorial.

Harvey-Smith said this is a community-wide tribute and a loved one did not need to have hospice services to be honored on the Community Memorial Trees or even live in the community.

People who would like to donate an ornament in memory of a loved one, along with a tag or permanent marker may do so at the Hospice office, 948 E. 11 St. in Washington. Please do not submit ornaments to the library, but bring them to Hospice of Washington County office.