Moments of Remembrance

December 8, 2005 – Posted at 3:58 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR -- Sometimes, not everyone celebrates the holiday cheer. Dealing with loss and grief can be especially tough this time of year.
The holiday season can be a very difficult time for those who have lost loved ones through out the year, but the St. Bernards Hospice is working to make this holiday season a little bit better. This year marked the 11th annual "Moments of Remembrance."
“We invite the public and families of patients who have passed away within the last year to come, and rather than grieving through the holidays, have a day of celebration of the life of their loved ones,” said Tammy Hawkins, director of St. Bernards Hospice.
More than 50 families hung ornaments on celebration trees in honor of loved ones lost.
“It was a little difficult. But it's difficult only until you think about who you are here to honor, remember and why that's important,” said Robert Jones.
Jones lost his mother Flo in September. She served as an instrumental part of starting the first volunteer hospice in Jonesboro in the 1970's. So Thursday's ceremony was a bitter sweet way for his family to remember their grandmother.
“We're honored to be here today, to see this program touching the lives of so many wonderful families and people here in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri ,” said Jones.
The Celebration Trees will remain here at the St. Bernards Auditorium throughout the holiday season.