INDEPENDENCE – Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “It’s only in the darkness that you can see the stars.” “Stars” was the theme of this year’s poignant “Tree of Love” program, which is hosted annually by Cedar Valley Hospice to honor and remember the dearly departed amid the festivities of the Christmas season. For those who have experienced recent loss, the Christmas season can be bittersweet. Remembering how things used to be when a loved one was around can be hard, and throughout the holiday season the loss can be especially devastating. This is why Cedar Valley Hospice (CVH) hosts the Tree of Love program. It is a moment of reflection. It is a fellowship with others who have lost loved ones. And, it is also an annual fundraiser in support of the many services Cedar Valley Hospice offers to end of life patients and their families. This year’s program featured some lovely music by CVH Music Therapist Nikki Gamble, a reflective meditation by CVH Spiritual Counselor Ginny Bass, and an after program fellowship enjoyed over pieces of creamy cheesecake made by Kathy Finholt.
Attendees of the event also had the opportunity to purchase a variety of CVH star ornaments in memory of their deceased loved ones. The Tree of Love program guide, included a list of memorials given to the organization as of Nov. 26. Cedar Valley Hospice relies on financial gifts to support their patient and family care, education and community outreach. One hundred percent of donations will benefit any program or service that is specified. CVH is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1979. They are not affiliated with any health care system and provide care to all who seek their services, regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.
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