Loved ones who have passed away were remembered at the Glacial Ridge Hospice Tree of Life ceremony on Nov. 15 at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. 

The traditional event took place this year after a two-year pause.

The Tree of Life has roots in the community reaching back almost 30 years. The event offers a time and place to honor and remember loved ones and evolved from two Glacial Ridge Hospice ceremonies. One of the ceremonies was the Remembrance Tree—a large, lighted Christmas tree in front of Glacial Ridge Hospital. Those remembered with a $5 donation to Hospice were represented with the lights and their names were posted on a wooden Christmas tree cutout in the hospital lobby. That tree eventually became known as the “Tree of Lights.”

Another Hospice ceremony, the annual candle-lighting memorial service, was traditionally held each spring. The two ceremonies were combined over 15 years ago and the new ceremony was named “Tree of Life,” reflecting the healing nature of remembering the many influences loved ones had in their families’ lives and the world around them.

The Tree of Life ceremony included musical performances by local talent and a message from a Glacial Ridge Hospice representative. During the candle-lighting ceremony, the names of loved ones were read and family members were invited to step forward to light candles in their honor.

Donations are accepted to help Glacial Ridge Hospice continue to help families in Pope County and the surrounding areas.

To donate in honor or in memory of a loved one, please contact Glacial Ridge Hospice at 320.634.2221 or you may send a check to Glacial Ridge Hospice, 10 Fourth Ave SE, Glenwood, MN 56334.