Hospice of Light Annual Tree Planting

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Friends and family of former Hospice of Light patients gathered near Singing River Hospital to plant an oak tree in honor of their loved ones who passed away this year.
Twenty years ago Hospice of Light was looking for a way to celebrate National Hospice Month and that’s when the annual tree planting was born. Loved ones were invited to grab a shovel and help plant the oak.
This is the 20th year they’ve planted a tree to not only celebrate National Hospice Month, but also serve as a long time memorial of loved ones who passed away. Associate Medical Director for Hospice of Light Dr. John Weldon said, “We talk about grief. We talk about a sense of loss. Honestly people never get over the sense of loss, but if they can come to a sense of acceptance and closure to that loss so that they can move on and live their lives, that’s part of it. That’s part of this process.”
This year’s tree was planted near the walking path behind the hospital. Several other trees from years past stand there and in Ocean Springs as well.