Goulburn Valley Hospice Care is continuing its Christmas Trees of Remembrance Project with Christmas trees located in Shepparton and Mooroopna Libraries, the foyer at the Eastbank centre and the Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Opportunity Shop.
Goulburn Valley Hospice Care – Christmas Trees of Remembrance Project
The idea ofthe community Christmas Tree of Remembrance project is to acknowledge the loss and grief of people in our community and to support the healing journey. Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service invite people to write messages for family members, friends or pets who have died (or are absent/ overseas) to include them in the spirit of Christmas.
This project has been running for several years now and in the past we have had messages from children, messages in languages other than English, messages specifically remembering pets, messages acknowledging still born babies as well as many others. Some people have told us writing a card for our trees is now an annual Christmas ritual.
Special occasions like Christmas can be a trigger that brings on a resurgence of grief and this can often be experienced for years to come. The Community Christmas Tree of Remembrance is an opportunity for people who have had a loved one die to express their feelings at this time of year. We recognise that through disasters such bush-fire, accidents and ill health death is a part of our community life and we want to publically offer compassionate care to those left behind.
Anyone is welcome to participate by writing a card and placing it on one of the trees. In 2017, Christmas trees are located in Shepparton and Mooroopna Libraries, the foyer at the Eastbank centre and the Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Opportunity Shop.
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