by Lisa Tome
Grief has outgrown one Remembrance Tree.
This year, Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation will place two trees on their porch to help people cope with loss during the holiday season.
One tree will be the traditional, hung with gold bows, and adorned with the names of people who are missed. The second tree will be for white ribbons. Those ribbons will be placed on the tree by youths.
"We're expanding," said Gabrielle Oldham, of Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation. "People don't think you're grieving when you're 10. Kids handle things differently than adults."
That's why the second tree was added. Northern Chesapeake Hospice already does community outreach with the memory bear project and by hosting bereavement groups in schools. Oldham said the youth tree is part of that outreach.
During the week of December 6, children are welcome to visit Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation to fill out a ribbon for the tree. Hours are until 4:30 p.m. on December 2, 4, 5, and 6 until 4:30 p.m. And until 6:30 p.m. on December 3. Those who can't attend during those times, will be accommodated please call (410) 392-0254 .
All are invited to participate in the free Remembrance Tree program which gives you a way to remember a loved one during the holiday season.
The name of a loved one is written on a ribbon. The ribbon is then placed on the tree which is on the front porch of Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation, 229 East Main Street, Elkton. And will remain there until early in the new year.
The annual ceremony for the tree will be held on Friday, December 6 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is free and open to all.
This event is sponsored by Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation, Cecil County State's Attorney's Office, the Cecil County Child Advocacy Center and Office of Family Violence Program, Season Hospice and Palliative Care, Amedisys Hospice, Cecil County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Elkton Fraternal Order of Police, and Parents of Murdered Children.
For more information call: Gabrielle Oldham at 888-892-6685 or (410) 392-0254 or Valda Rotolo at (410) 996-5342.
On Tuesday, November 19, county officials also declared that November 21, 2013 was set aside as Children's Grief Awareness Day in Cecil County.
The day is designed to raise awareness of the death of a loved one on the life of a child. It also provides an opportunity to support grieving children.