Memories light up Tree of Reflection
Placentia, Carbonear and Old Perlican health facilities remember lost loved ones
Christmas can be a lonely time of year for those who have lost a loved one.
The Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation ( TCP) organizes a Christmas event every year at three health care facilities for people to remember those loved ones lost throughout the years.
The 22nd annual Tree of Reflections was created in memory of the family and friends who are no longer with us, TCP chief development officer Don Coombs told The Compass.
Christmas trees have been set up outside the Placentia Health Centre, Carbonear General Hospital and the Dr. A.A. Wilkinson Memorial Hospital in Old Perlican.
For a donation in memory of a loved one, the foundation places a bright red bulb on one of the trees. The name of that loved one is then placed on a sign adjacent to the tree.
“The red bulb signifies the warmth we still feel for the departed loved ones, and the reflection is for the love we carry with us in our hearts,” said TCP chairperson Helen Clarke.
“It’s a chance for people to pay respect,” Coombs added. “People then come along to see if their loved one’s names are on the board.”
Tree lighting events
On Nov. 21, the tree launch took place in Placentia. The group at the Placentia Health Centre calls their tree the Tree of Memories.
The final day of the Placentia tree was Dec. 5. The closing included a carol sing and prayer service.
The Tree of Reflections for Carbonear and Old Perlican began earlier this month, and will continue until Dec. 20.
Last year, the three events collected some $2,500 in donations.
“We would love to match that this year,” Coombs said.
Win a tree
Another tree event will also take place this year at Carbonear General Hospital.
O’Nei l l ’ s Gardenland in Spaniard’s Bay has donated a beautiful, fully decorated artificial tree that will sit in the hospital’s new lobby.
Tickets on the tree are being sold by the ladies auxiliary at the hospital gift shop on the main floor near the entrance.
“The tree is called the Spirit of Christmas t r e e ,” Coombs explained. “It is decorated unreal.
“Tickets sales totalled around $1,200 last year, but I expect it will go up this year.”
O’Neill’s also donated a similar tree to the Janeway Children’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre last year.
For information on either of these events or to make a donation, contact Don Coombs (9455289), Melvie Squires (587-2200) or Carmel McDonald (227-2061).