LAKE COUNTY — A touching “Tree of Lights” memorial service was held last week at the Hollister Senior Center in Baldwin. The brief program, organized by Hospice of Michigan, has become an annual tradition and drew several people who wanted to remember departed relatives and friends in this special way.
The ceremony began with a prayer led by Rev. Joe Hilyard, Hospice Grief counselor, and the reading by Virginia Sonefeld of a poem called “Light a Light.” This was particularly appropriate as each year, Hospice decorates a Christmas tree with festive colored lights; then, for every donation, a colored light is replaced by a white light, making a particularly pretty effect. This year, donations to the campaign totaled an impressive $1,100.