Take time to re­mem­ber

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Tak­ing some spe­cial time to re­mem­ber a loved one who has passed away can be an im­por­tant part of the griev­ing process, es­pe­cially when that spe­cial time is spent in the com­pany of oth­ers who also un­der­stand the pain of loss.

The an­nual light­ing of the Stanstead Le­gion’s Me­mory Tree, which this year takes place on De­cem­ber 8th, has been giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether to re­mem­ber their loved ones for many years. Dur­ing a sim­ple cer­e­mony, the names of those loved ones are read out, fol­lowed by the light­ing of the tree, each light rep­re­sent­ing one of the de­parted. A $5 fee, which is do­nated later in its en­tirety to the CAB RH Rediker, is all it costs.

“We host a re­cep­tion for ev­ery­one af­ter the light­ing of the tree,” said Stanstead Le­gion pres­i­dent David Woodard. Dur­ing the re­cep­tion, the Le­gion presents the cheque to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the CAB RH Rediker; the money col­lected through the Me­mory Tree fundraiser.

If any­one would like to have the name of their loved one read out and a light lit in their hon­our dur­ing the Me­mory Tree re­cep­tion, they can go to the Stanstead Le­gion, on Maple Street, from Tues­day to Sun­day to give the $5 do­na­tion and the needed in­for­ma­tion.

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