Cowichan Hospice and the Cowichan District Hospital combined again Dec. 6 to offer the tender Tree of Remembrance celebration.
This long-running event, which offers comfort to those who’ve lost a loved one in the previous year, or who simply want to remember loves ones who have died, is popular with Valley folks.
The holiday season is especially hard for those who have lost a family member, and Cowichan Hospice people are also on hand to help out, if needed.
There were gentle interdenominational prayers, songs, and readings, and then everyone had the opportunity to go to the two trees and turn on a Christmas light to remember their beloved, while the Threshold Choir walked around singing and carrying candles or lanterns. Then, everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments in the hospital cafeteria.
As one newcomer said when leaving the event Wednesday night, “It wasn’t what I expected but in a way it was even better.”