For many people, the holidays can be a difficult time of the year when dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Victoria Hospice Celebrate-a-Life is an annual tradition running until Dec. 12 that provides individuals and families with a unique way to remember their loved ones during the holiday season.
Celebrate-a-Life invites people to step aside from the busy holiday rush to remember and honour individuals who have touched our lives.
Visitors to the display at Hillside Mall can write a special message in a memorial book or on a tribute ornament that can be hung on one of the trees. Information and support is also offered by volunteers.
While there is no charge to visitors, donations in support of patient care and programs at Victoria Hospice are gratefully accepted.
“The holiday season is difficult for many bereaved people,” said Victoria Hospice bereavement counsellor Marney Thompson.
“Celebrate-a-Life gives those that are grieving a gentle, personal way to pay tribute to someone who’s died.”
Celebrate-a-Life launches today at Hillside Centre.
Victoria Hospice also has a Celebrate-a-Life tree at the Empress Hotel’s Festival of Trees until Jan. 6, in support of the B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Almost half of Victoria Hospice’s operating funds come from donations. More information is available here.