December 1, 2015 | Herald Dispatch
by Lacie Pierson
The spirit of Christmas was a reflective one Monday evening at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington.
The evening marked the first ever tree-lighting ceremony at the house, home to Hospice of Huntington, which hosted the event to provide Tri-State residents the opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost, said Melanie Hall, president and CEO of Hospice of Huntington.
The event was meant to provide an outlet for grief and support for those who have lost loved ones or who are providing care for loved ones.
[su_pullquote]”Holidays can be a very difficult time”[/su_pullquote]
“Holidays can be a very difficult time in a couple of ways,” Hall said. “For folks who have lost someone who has passed, obviously they aren’t at the table, they’re not on the gift list, or you’re going through traditions that you’ve done in years past, and they aren’t there. The other part of that is sometimes folks who are caring for loved ones, or caring for folks that are ill, are not able to participate in the way they typically have in the past.”
“This gives us a time to stop, reflect and thank the folks that have passed for what they’ve been in our lives and the opportunity to make the folks in our lives, who are caring for people, aware that we’re thankful for them and the sacrifices they’re making to care for a loved one.”