Santa was on hand for the launch of White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society's annual Celebrate a Life event at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre

Hospice tree honours loved ones lost

White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society’s annual Celebrate a Life event ends Wednesday at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society’s annual Celebrate a Life event ends Wednesday at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

The event, which launched Dec. 5, invites residents to hang a dove on a memorial tree at the mall, in honour of a loved one who has passed away.

Hospice society volunteers are on hand to offer support and information to anyone who may need it.

Santa was on hand for the opening event, which also included remarks from White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin and Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg, whose mother and sister were two of the original volunteers at the start of the society more than 33 years ago.

“They were in at the grassroots level, helping ensure everyone had access to the support and compassionate care they deserved and need,” Hogg said in a news release.

Hospice society executive director Beth Kish noted the holidays can be an especially tough time for people who are facing grief and loss.

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