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A Lit Candle Can Brighten the Holiday Season

The Tree of Life Celebration is a Time to Honor and Remember

Web TOL Andy LeagueLoved ones who have passed away were remembered at the Glacial Ridge Hospice Tree of Life ceremony on November 16 at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

The ceremony included harp music by Judi Dahlseng, vocal solos by Brook Wilkin, and a message of hope from Pastor Andy League. During the candle-lighting ceremony, the names of loved ones were read, and family members and friends were invited to step forward to light a candle in their honor. New this year was a photo slide show of each honoree, provided by Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home. Hospice Social Worker Amber Hvezda-Kirkwold read “The Three Wick Candle,” explaining the symbolism for anyone missing a loved one this holiday season. The wicks represent the memories of the past, comfort in the present, and strength in the future. Flames are a universal sign of light. May lightness enter the darkness of your grief.

Donations were accepted to help Glacial Ridge Hospice provide services for hospice patients and their families. To donate in honor or memory of a loved one, please contact Glacial Ridge Hospice at 320.634.2221, or you may send a check to Glacial Ridge Hospice, 10 Fourth Ave SE, Glenwood, MN 56334.