Fitzgibbon Hospital remembers loved ones during Tree of Life ceremony

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Family members and Fitzgibbon Hospital staff gather around the tree after the Tree of Life ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4, inside Fitzgibbon Hospital.
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Fitzgibbon employees, families and patients gathered in the Fitzgibbon Hospital atrium Tuesday, Dec. 4, for the annual Tree of Life ceremony to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed away.

“For those of us who have had the privilege of caring for them and their family, we are thankful to have been able to make a difference with dignity and compassion at the end of life,” President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Dr. Darin Haug said.

Families and caregivers were able to purchase an ornament for their loved ones and put it on the Christmas tree, to remember the lives they have lost and the memories they have shared, as well as creating a Christmas tradition.

“This is a time to come together to say thank you, guys, for being the caregivers,” said Angie Pogue, manager of the home health and hospice. “... I want to say that you did what was asked of you. You gave all you could to your loved ones during the most difficult time of their lives — and, I am sure, yours. You provided them with either the ability to return home, to stay home, or just even made sure that they remained comfortable.”

After a musical break performed by the Marshall High School choirs, names of those lost were announced, as ornaments slowly started to fill up the tree.

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