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FORT PIERCE -- Treasure Coast Hospice will celebrate the holiday season with its Tree of Life ceremony in Fort Pierce from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
The annual tree lighting will be held in partnership with the City of Fort Pierce at the Downtown Gazebo, corner of N. Indian River Drive and Avenue A.
The ceremony includes a message of hope from Treasure Coast Hospice and music by Little Treasures Pediatric Music Therapist, Moreen Bosch. Unique to this year's event as from those in the past, for a $10 donation, attendees can buy a porcelain ornament keepsake with the words "Forever In Our Hearts" engraved on it.
The holidays sometimes pose a challenge for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Traditionally a time of joy and laughter, the holiday season brings mixed emotions, feelings of stress and loneliness.
At the Tree of Life ceremony guests may acknowledge their loss by writing the names of their loved ones on a special memory tag to place on the decorated tree. Guests will receive a shell, provided by Nautical But Nice in Stuart, as a token to remember their loved one.
If guests are unable to attend the ceremony, they may pick up tags at the Mayes Center for Hope or the Thomas Counseling Center and hang them on the tree at their convenience. The tree will be displayed at the corner of N. Indian River Drive and Avenue A until Dec. 31.
Treasure Coast Hospice is a nonprofit community organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, high-quality care for patients and those who share their lives in St. Lucie, and Martin counties. Services, including respite care, counseling and bereavement services, are available to anyone regardless of their ability to pay.
For more information, visit www.tchospice.org/tree.