Right: Betty Schulte attaches a memory card to the Memory Tree. The cards contain the names of loved ones who have passed on.

Right: Betty Schulte attaches a memory card to the Memory Tree. The cards contain the names of loved ones who have passed on.

Lights to Remember campaign helps Hospice Society

Funds raised provide training for volunteers to work with palliative care clients

By Keith McNeill

Members of Clearwater and District Hospice Society attached a total of 146 memory cards to the Memory Tree in the lobby at Clearwater Lodge on Sunday afternoon.

The cards contain the names of loved ones who have passed on. The names were also posted in front of the tree and have proven to be a source of comfort.

This has been the society’s fifth annual Lights to Remember campaign.

READ MORE: Memory card campaign in 2013

In October and November, society volunteers were at Buy-Low selling memory cards.

This is the only fundraiser the non-profit society operates. The funds raised provide training for the volunteer members to work with palliative care clients. The comprehensive training course is provided by certified staff from the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House located in Kamloops B.C.

Clearwater and District Hospice Society has been providing confidential, compassionate care since 2007, in private homes as well as at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital.

Its members believe that the end of life deserves as much beauty, care, and respect, as the beginning of life.

Hospice acknowledges death as a part of life’s journey and aims to help terminally ill people to die peacefully and with dignity.