Washington County Honors and Remembers Loved Ones This Holiday Season

Lakeview Hospice, under the direction of Dr. Charles Bransford, held the Tree of Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, December 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn. This ceremony was a time to honor the special memories of our hospice patients, families and friends.

The community was invited to purchase a gold star in memory of their loved one, as well as the Hospice Team dedicating a star for each person we have served in our program in the past year. A candle was lit in their memory as their name was read, as well as a beautiful video tribute to honor our patients, created by volunteer Ann Piela. A light reception of homemade bars and cookies was served by the volunteers after the ceremony.

Hospice Volunteer Laurie Sherburne was the guest speaker, sharing her heartfelt personal journey of love, loss and healing. Laurie gave us words of comfort during a time of grief, and hope for healing.

Kathy Marty dedicated countless hours writing each and every name on the nearly 1,000 stars which graced our Tree this year.

A chamber group from SAHS, which included the talents of Teresa Romportl, Minna Thrall and Maddie Huna; as well as the gifted vocalists Josh LaGrave and Kirsten Lande, accompanied by pianist Carol Carver, shared their musical talents in helping to make this ceremony meaningful.

Lakeview Hospice also remembered one of our own, the first director hired in May of 1989, Eunice Johnson. Her deep commitment and excellent nursing skills served her well as she developed this important program for those who are dying, as well as their circle of family and friends.

This event was hosted by our dedicated hospice volunteers, who devote their time and talents to our hospice patients and families throughout the year. Without their assistance, this ceremony would not be possible.

It is an honor for Lakeview Hospice to serve the members of this community. Our heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to make a difference.