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Hospice Tree of Lights helps families

Posted at 10:00 PM, Nov 11, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:08-04

BILLINGS – Those who have lost loved ones may be looking for some promise and hope.

That’s the symbolism of the Hospice Tree of Lights, according to chaplains at RiverStone Health.

RiverStone Health helped families with a remembrance at the 28th annual ceremony.

The festivities started with the reading of the names.

The list includes people who have died this year and in past years.

It’s also a chance for RiverStone’s hospice workers to connect with the families.

The ceremony then goes outside, where the tree is lit.

The Blakeslee family lost Ben to brain cancer this year and had the honor of lighting the tree.

“It’s not a sad day for us,” said Jodi Blakelee. “It’s a happy day. We know that he’s taken care of and we just love to celebrate him. Hospice has just been a big part of our life during Ben”s cancer and our church, God, family and friends that come around us. we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

The RiverStone Health Hospice Tree of Lights can be viewed through January 1.