Hospice of Southern Illinois will host its annual Tree of Life ceremony from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at The Journey church, 9835 Old Bainbridge Trail, in Marion.
This ceremony allows families to honor loved ones they have lost by placing a ribboned card on the Tree of Life.
"The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people trying to cope with loss," Hospice of Southern Illinois Development Director Jennifer Lee said. "We have hosted this event to support them during this difficult time."
The ceremony includes holiday music, reading the names of loved ones and light refreshments, all centered around a lighted, decorated tree and the people who come to celebrate life.
A similar ceremony will be at the same time at The Weingarten, 1780 Illinois 15, in Belleville.
Hospice of Southern Illinois is a community, not-for-profit hospice program serving 27 counties in Southern Illinois since 1981.
"Our commitment at Hospice of Southern Illinois is to be with our patients and their loved ones through the changing needs of the end-of-life process and the grief experience," Lee said.
For more information or to RSVP for either the Marion or Belleville Tree of Life ceremony, contact Deborah Hogg or Lee at (800) 233-1708, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.