The Tree of Remembrance lighting ceremony is December 2

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CHEYENNE, Wyo - Holidays can be tough for those who have lost loved ones, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Hospice and the CRMC Foundation brought something to the capitol city 22 years ago to make this time a little easier for to remember those who can't be with us this holiday season.

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Hospice and the CRMC Foundation are hosting the 22nd annual Tree of Remembrance lighting ceremony inside Frontier Mall near Dillard’s West on December 2 at 1:30 p.m.

During the ceremony community members are invited to place paper doves on the tree with written notes to remember or honor family members and friends.

“The tree offers our community a chance to celebrate the many ways that others have impacted and blessed our lives,” said David Stratton, CRMC Hospice chaplain. “It’s also a way to celebrate the season by remembering and honoring those in our lives who we have lost but who continue to hold a very special place in our hearts.”

The ceremony will include the tree lighting, a song from Stratton and a short message from Lea Grubbs, former Hospice bereavement counselor. Local musician Bob McLelland will also play Amazing Graze on his bagpipes. Participants will then be invited to place doves on the tree.

Community members are invited to stay after the ceremony to listen to a recital by local piano students.

Several hundred doves will be available on the day of the lighting ceremony. Hospice volunteers will also be handing out doves at a booth near the tree through December 23.

There is no cost to place a dove on the tree, although a donation can be made to the CRMC Foundation, with all proceeds to be given to CRMC Hospice, which includes both the Davis Hospice Center and in-home hospice care.

Last year more than 1,000 doves were placed on the tree.

“I really encourage people to stop by, even if it’s just to view the tree and to read some of the notes of remembrance. It really is a moving sight and experience,” Stratton said.

For more information about the tree or to request a dove, please contact the CRMC Foundation at 633-7667 or stop by the tree between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. from December 2-December 23 and check out the interview from the morning show.