Memorial service remembers those gone during holidays

    On December 3, Southern Regional Health Authority hosted their annual Memory Tree Memorial Service.

   The event, sponsored by the Regional Health Authority’s Palliative Care Program took place in the afternoon at the Clearspring Center.

   Anyone in the South Eastman region who experienced the loss of a significant person in their life was invited to take time during the Holiday Season to reflect on their loss during the afternoon service.

   Kathy McPhail, Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Regional Health Authority spoke out at the event.

   “The Holidays can be a difficult time for people experiencing grief and bereavement at the loss of a loved one, especially if it’s the first holiday season without that family member or friend. Finding special ways to remember our loved ones can be very helpful for family and friends,” says McPhail. “The Memory Tree is one way of honoring our need to remember those we miss at this significant time of year.”

   In addition to the Memory Tree Launch, the public is invited to decorate the tree with a personalized message honoring the memory of a loved one from December 3-23. Cards will be provided by trained volunteers from the regional Palliative Care team who will be onsite from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

   Voluntary donations will be used in support of the (SHRA) Palliative Care Comfort Basket project.

   The holidays can be especially difficult for people dealing with loss or grief. Southern Regional Health Authority would also like to remind residents there is a free 24

hour 7 days per week Crisis Response Service support line that people can confidentially call at (204) 326-9276 or (toll free) 1-888-617-7715.

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