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Hospice Yukon’s Annual Lights of Life event remembers loved ones with trees lit up

Hospice Yukon’s annual event remembers loved ones with trees lit up around the Yukon

Key Takeaway:

  • Hospice Yukon’s Annual Lights of Life occasion is on December 16.
  • The annual event invites people to hang tags on trees in the Elijah Smith Building atrium to remember loved ones who have passed away.

Hospice Yukon’s Annual Lights of Life occasion is on December 16.

The annual event invites people to hang tags on trees in the Elijah Smith Building atrium to remember loved ones who have passed away. A ceremony would air on December 16 at noon.

Hospice Yukon’s Annual Lights of Life Event. Image: Cbc

“This has been another challenging year, with even most – people in our community feeling losses of all kinds. The winter holidays are a significant time to honor those we love and are no longer with us,” said Stacey Jones, Hospice Yukon executive director, in a statement.

“Taking a few moments to honor a loved one at Lights of Life could bring us some comfort during the holidays… a time that for few people is a mix of sadness and joy,” she said.

Elaine Schiman hosts this online ceremony; it will include choral music from the Persephone Singers, guest speakers Nina Bolton and Jackie MacLaren, as well as a poem and a blessing. It would be aired on the NWTel community channel and the Hospice Yukon Facebook page on December 16.

Trees at the Elijah Smith Building are for hanging tags on weekdays from December 16 to 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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There are 14 different trees in Whitehorse and 10 Lights of Life trees in the communities:

  • Dawson City (Hospital and TH Band Office)
  • Carcross (CTFN Band Office)
  • Faro (Recreation Centre)
  • Mayo (Post Office and JV Clark School)
  • Old Crow (VGFN Office)
  • Ross River (Health Centre)
  • Teslin (Village Chambers)
  • Watson Lake (Recreation Centre)

Volunteer tree-sitters will be at the Elijah Smith building trees in Whitehorse for those looking for extra support. The Whitehorse trees are located at Hospice Yukon on 409 Jarvis St., Copper Ridge Place, Whistle Bend Place, Whitehorse General Hospital, Thomson Centre, Heritage North Funeral Home, Wind River Hospice House, Kwanlin Dün Wellness Centre, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, Whitehorse Emergency Shelter, Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services and the Canadian Mental Health Yukon Chapter building.

Source-CTV News

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