Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut (VNS) will host its annual Tree of Light ceremony in Shelton on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the office of Carey & Guarrera Real Estate, 59 Old Shelton Road.
Shelton is one of 11 communities served by the VNS in Fairfield and New Haven counties where a ceremony will take place that evening.
The gatherings began in 1991 as friends and families of hospice patients cared for by VNS came together to remember their departed loved ones at a community tree-lighting ceremony on a town green. The events are non-denominational and the public is invited.
The Tree of Light ceremony includes a memorial roll reading of the names of the departed, music, a brief inspirational reading, the tree-lighting and a hosted reception.
Symbolic memorial lights
Many families mark the occasion by contributing a symbolic memorial light to their community’s Tree of Light. These contributions benefit VNS’ Hospice at Home program and enable VNS to provide care and comfort for individual families in need.
The memorial green, blue and white lights symbolize the comfort, dignity and peace provided by the professional staff and volunteers of VNS’ Hospice at Home program.
‘Celebrate the spirit and memory’
Tina Bernacki, director of hospice services at VNS, says that that many families “celebrate the spirit and memory of their departed loved ones by having a memorial light on their community’s tree, knowing that these lights are an opportunity to help those who may be in need of compassionate nursing and hospice care in the next year.”
Residents are invited to have the names of their family members or loved ones read during the memorial roll or to have a memorial light on their community’s tree. For information call VNS at 203-366-3821, ext. 1111 or go to www.vnsct.com.