St. Catherine Hospital is allowing anyone who has lost a loved one to commemorate that person this holiday season on the hospital's "Tree of Life."
The St. Catherine Hospital Tree of Life will sit on display in the south lobby of the hospital now through Jan. 6. Anyone who would like to remember a loved one during the holidays can purchase an ornament with the loved one's name on it to be hung on the tree.
Ornaments can be purchased for a suggested minimum contribution of $10. Proceeds from the ornaments will go to the St. Catherine Hospice Comfort Zone Family Retreat.
St. Catherine also offers a support group and services for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group "My Hope," led by Hospice Chaplain Rev. Gerry Dupuis, meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at High Plains Public Radio, 210 N. 7th St. in Garden City. The sessions are open to the public, and participants are welcome to bring their lunch.
A news release from the hospital notes that the monthly sessions are not therapy and they are not intended to replace professional counseling. However, they are opportunities to share stories of grief and learn from others' experiences.