Tree of Life Ceremony
Date & Time
December 13, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
Creamery Brook Retirement Village
36 Vina Lane,
off Route 205
Music by: Brooklyn Middle School Chorus
Canterbury Municipal Building
1 Municipal Drive, off Route 14
Music by: Canterbury Middle School Chorus
Corner of Broad and Reynolds Streets
Music by: J.I.V.E. Killingly High School
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Music by: Plainfield High School
Junction Routes 44 and 169
across from the
Music by: To be announced
St. Mary Church
218 Providence Street
Music by: Putnam Elementary School Chorus
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
Music by: Mary R. Fisher Elementary School Fortezza & Ted Reynolds
Music by: Woodstock Academy Hill Singers
For more information about the 2009 Tree of Life ceremonies, call our
Development Office at (860) 928-7141.
Dear Friends of Hospice:
My name is Shirley Houle and I’m from North Grosvenordale. I have lived in town for 50 years. I feel very honored to be Chairperson for the Tree of Life Ceremony sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut.
Eight years ago my son Shawn was diagnosed with appendix/colon cancer. He was given six months to live but fought a courageous battle for 22 months. Shawn passed away on September 3, 2001. During the last twelve months of his life Hospice was greatly involved in his care. My family and I had the opportunity to observe the Hospice Team at work during his last weeks with us. We found the Nurses & Hospice Staff very caring and sensitive not only to Shawn’s needs but to the family’s needs as well.
After Shawn’s passing I volunteered to take over the Annual Hospice Tree of Life Ceremony for the Town of Thompson. I felt this was my way of saying “Thank You” to Hospice! I owe Hospice everything for making my son’s last days as comfortable as possible and I hope that this program continues for other families in a similar situation.
We invite you and your family to join us again this year at the Tree of Life Ceremonies around Northeastern Connecticut on December 13, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (see location details to the right) to honor and remember those loved ones that have passed away.
I look forward to having you participate in this event. However, if you are not able to attend please consider donating a light in memory of your loved one to symbolize the hope and care exemplified by the services of Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut.
Shirley J. Houle
Help us light the light of love.
You can honor your loved ones through a symbol of light. All proceeds help support the hospice and palliative care services we provide to terminally ill patients and their families in our community. Simply download and complete this form – which includes a copy of the schedule below – and send payment accordingly.