Victoria Hospice would like to thank Bartlett Tree Service, Five Star Paving, and our partners at Island Health for helping us spread joy and light this holiday season.
On Thursday, December 14th more than fifty people gathered on Victoria Hospice’s decorated rooftop garden, to watch 5,000 lights illuminate the 50-foot Garry oak tree next to the Richmond Pavilion. Hospice volunteer bedside singers sang Christmas carols and five-year-old Georgie (pictured), whose father died at Hospice a few weeks ago, flicked the light switch surrounded by her family.
The holiday light-up was part of Victoria Hospice’s Celebrate a Life event, an annual holiday tradition to honour and celebrate the lives of those we’ve loved and lost. Christmas and the winter holiday season can be a difficult time of the year for many people, acknowledges Mischelle vanThiel, CEO at Victoria Hospice.
“Memories of past celebrations with family and friends who are no longer here can magnify feelings of loss,” says vanThiel. “It can be helpful to share your concerns, feelings and apprehensions with someone. Don’t be afraid to let people know what is difficult for you, and accept offers of help.”
Victoria Hospice is committed to providing quality end-of-life care, which includes bereavement services for family members, friends, and the community at large. Our website offers useful information on grief including Bereavement Tips for Special Holidays.