N. Arundel Hospital's Tree of Lights to be illuminated

Neighbors

November 14, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE IS as much chance of postponing the arrival of the next season, or extending the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving, as there is of discovering which bulb is causing the entire string of outdoor lights to fail.

At North Arundel Hospital, however, all bulbs will burn brightly on the 1996 Tree of Lights.

Sponsored by the Hospice of the Chesapeake auxiliary and North Arundel Hospital, the tree, which stands outside the west lobby, will be lighted at 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

Each light represents a loved one, living or deceased, being honored by a relative or friend.

A gift of $10 provides a light on the tree and a dove bearing the honoree's name on the Tree of Lights Memory Wall.

The lighting will be followed by an indoor ceremony and refreshments.

Lights and doves can be purchased throughout December.

For more information, call the hospice between 8 a.m. and 4: 30 p.m. weekdays at 987-2129.

In addition to the Tree of Lights project, the hospital and hospice have jointly introduced a bereavement support program called After Your Loved One Dies.

"Bereavement care is so vital in helping families to heal," Betty Asplund, hospice bereavement director, said.

In the program, the family of a patient who dies in the hospital is given a pamphlet with information to guide them through steps such as notifying friends and relatives, compiling obituary information and making funeral arrangements and describes the hospice's optional bereavement support services.

"North Arundel helped develop this program as a continuation of family care," said Kevin Murnane, the hospital's public relations director.

Information: the hospice, 987-2003, or the hospital, 787-4367.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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