Tree of Angels Program helps grieving parents cope with holidays
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Nov. 22, 2010 – While the holidays are a time of celebration and happy memories, for parents who have lost a child, the stress of the holidays takes on an entirely different meaning.
To help these families cope during this season, Southeastern Med’s Parents’ Grief Support Group will host its annual Tree of Angels program on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 in Southeastern Med’s cafeteria. Parents and family members who have lost a child of any age are invited to attend.
The evening will begin with the families gathering to socialize for a covered-dish dinner. Meat, potatoes, and cheese tray will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. A short program and candlelight service will follow the dinner. Parents are encouraged to bring a poem, story, pictures or CD of music that hold special memories to share.
Parents will then decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments to remember each child. Parents are asked to bring their own ornament. Parents will also have the opportunity to donate a toy in memory of their child to the Guernsey County Secret Santa program. Those interested in donating will need to bring their own toy.
Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Nov. 29 by calling Wendi Miller, RN, at 740-439-8868.