Hospice Society to host ninth annual Tree of Hope celebration

Story by Stacie Gaetz


Photos by iStock

The Airdrie & District Hospice Society (ADHS) will hold its ninth annual Tree of Hope celebration at City Hall on Dec. 1.

“The Christmas season is one of the most difficult to get through when you’ve lost someone close to you,” says ADHS Executive Director Lise Blanchette.

The tree will be lit at 7 pm followed by a short non-denominational memorial service for loved ones that have been lost in the past year.

All are invited to attend this free community event and follow COVID protocols; wearing a mask is encouraged.

“To remember those who are no longer with us at this time, the Tree of Hope lighting is a compassionate event to recognize the grief that some community members must cope with during what is normally one of the happiest celebrations of the year,” says Blanchette.

Throughout the month of December, the Hospice Society will be accepting donations through the Tree of Hope campaign. More information on the campaign can be found by clicking here

Airdrie and District Hospice Society is a grassroots organization working to bring end-of-life care to the Airdrie area with the goal of keeping palliative care clients close to home and to their loved ones.

“The Society provides a Compassionate Care Fund to patients and their families, respite care for caregivers, as well as grief support to those who have lost a loved one,” says Blanchette.

“For the last 10 years, Airdrie and District Hospice Society has been offering free programs and services to citizens of Airdrie, Balzac, Beiseker, Carstairs, Crossfield, Irricana, Kathyrn, Keoma and Madden.”

This year, the Society will also be selling angel and tulip stained-glass ornaments for $20 to raise funds. The keepsake ornaments are created locally by Muk-luks Magpies Stained Glass Emporium and can be purchased in memory of someone who has died.

Individuals can also make donations in a loved one’s memory to the Airdrie & District Hospice Society by calling 403-880-0424 or by clicking here.