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News : Health Dec 10, 2013 - 3:26:08 PM

Greenwich Hospital holds Tree of Light celebration

By Greenwich Hospital

Annual event benefits Home Hospice Program

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Linda St. Pierre, Joseph Jordan and Dr. Donna Coletti (seated l-r) joined other Home Hospice Program team members at a reception following the Tree of Light ceremony on Dec. 9. (contributed photo)
Greenwich, CT - On Monday evening, Dec. 9, the Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice Program held its 14th Tree of Light celebration at the hospital. The annual non-denominational event featured readings and music and culminated with the lighting of an evergreen tree strung with hundreds of lights in memory or in honor of loved ones. Donations from the purchase of the lights support the hospital’s Home Hospice Program, which provides end-of-life care to individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.

This year’s celebration included a welcome from Frank A. Corvino, President/CEO, and remarks by Donna Coletti, MD, medical director and Linda St. Pierre, RN, director of the program. Rev. Andrea Raynor, hospice program spiritual care, gave the invocation and Rabbi Asa Fradkin of Temple Shalom in Greenwich offered the benediction.

The Tree of Light will remain on display on the Greenwich Hospital Garden Terrace through December before becoming a permanent part of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Community Garden at the hospital. (contributed photo)
Volunteer vocal group The Grace Notes performed. The ceremony closed on the Garden Terrace with the lighting of the tree by Greenwich resident Joseph Jordan, whose late wife was cared for by the hospice team. The names of those remembered were entered into the Annual Book of Honor, which is on permanent display at Greenwich Library. The tree of light will remain on display on the terrace through December and will then be planted in the hospital’s Carl and Dorothy Bennett Community Garden.

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