Honour a lost loved one this holiday season

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Dan Hanson, a member of the Society’s board and local volunteer, says it’s a great way for people cope with the loss of loved one around the holiday season.

"It's an opportunity to bring people together who have lost someone precious to them and allow them to come together with other people in the community to share in a memorial time. At time of year that can be difficult, because it’s a time for families to get together and obviously if some people are missing around the table, that’s where we where we like to come in and provide that little bit of an opportunity for them."

The memorial service will be taking place at the Peace Lutheran Church, located at 9812-108 Street, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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If unable to make it to Thursday evening’s ceremony, those looking to honour a loved one can place an angel ornament on the tree at the Fort St. John Medical Clinic. The tree will be set up there from November 30 until December 21.

Hanson adds the event is an opportunity to show your support to your fellow community members.

"It’s a time for everyone to get together and hang an angel on the tree in memory of their lost loved one, and to know that they are not alone in the community; there’s other people, people you can reach out to."

This year, the Fort St. John and District Palliative Care Society is celebrating its 15th year helping individuals and families deal with grief, or a life-threatening illness.

Every year, the non-profit group also opens their doors for volunteers looking to lend a supportive hand to their fellow community members in need. The Society provides all the necessary training in order to help with the 500 – 900 volunteer hours offered by the Palliative Care Society.

If interested in lending a helping hand, contact Pat at 250-787-2814.

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