22nd Annual Tree of Light Ceremonies
Thursday December 13, 2012
Bridgeport * Easton * Fairfield * Milford * Monroe
Oxford * Shelton * Southport * Stratford * Trumbull * Westport
The Tree of Light
In 1991, the families and friends of hospice patients cared for by Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut first gathered together during the
holiday season to remember their departed loved ones at a simple tree lighting ceremony on a single town green. Word spread and a tradition was established.
This year, on December 13th, VNS will host its 22nd Annual Tree of Light ceremonies in 11 communities throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.
For many families who have lost a loved one during the year, the holiday season can be an especially emotional time. The Tree of Light ceremony provides a
communal opportunity to remember loved ones at this very special time of year. At each ceremony, family members, friends and neighbors of the deceased come
together in the truest sense of the season to acknowledge their loss and to celebrate the spirit and honor the memory of their relatives and loved ones.
Tree of Light ceremonies in each town include a Memorial Roll of the names of the deceased, music and a brief reading, an inspirational tree lighting, and a
Many families mark the occasion by contributing a symbolic memorial light to their community's Tree of Light. These contributions benefit VNS' Hospice at
Home™ program and allow VNS to provide compassionate care and comfort for individuals and families in need, who may not have other care options as they
face their final journey. The memorial lights, in colors of green, blue and white, symbolize the comfort, dignity and peace provided by the professional staff
and volunteers of VNS' Hospice at Home™ program.
|2012 Tree of Light Ceremonies Thursday, December 13, 2012
||People's United Bank, 850 Main St.
||Firehouse Green, Center Road
||First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Rd.
||Carey & Guarrera Real Estate, 59 Old Shelton Road
||Mayor's Office Parkette, 110 River Street
||Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike
||Oxford UCC Congregational, 3 Academy Road
||Chase Bank, 292 Pequot Avenue
||Stratford Baptist Church at Paradise Green,131 Huntington Road
||Town Hall Green, Church Hill Road
||Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 Myrtle Avenue
How You Can Participate
Ceremonies are open to the public and all are invited to attend. You may make a donation to have a symbolic light on the Tree of Light in your community to
honor the memory of your departed loved ones and friends. Names of departed family members and friends will be read during the memorial roll at the Tree of
- Memorial Lights - Suggested Donation
- Green Lights (Comfort) - $25
- Blue Lights (Dignity) - $50
- White Lights (Peace) - $100
Contributions to the Tree of Light are used to provide hospice care for families experiencing financial hardship through VNS' Hospice at Home™ program.
To arrange to have a symbolic memorial light on the Tree of Light and the name of a deceased family member or friend read in your town's ceremony or to make a
donation to the program, please contact Lila Grimes at 203-366-3821 or email TreeOfLight@VNSCT.org
VNS is a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit and contributions are tax deductible. Tree of Light contributions support VNS' Hospice at Home program for patients in
need. Ceremonies are non-denominational and open to the public.
Elizabeth M. Pfriem
Aquarion Water Company ~ Bridgeport Hospital Foundation ~ CareWatch, Inc.
The DSA Companies ~ GE ~ People's United Bank ~ People's United Insurance Agency ~ Robinson & Cole LLP
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