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Memorial program honors loved ones; Proceeds go to Syringa Hospice


Nicole Frei and Maddie Rehder provided a variety of vocal duets for the Tree of Lights Memorial program Dec. 4. The duo is from Cottonwood. They were accompanied by Kody Duclos on the piano.

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Nicole Frei and Maddie Rehder provided a variety of vocal duets for the Tree of Lights Memorial program Dec. 4. The duo is from Cottonwood. They were accompanied by Kody Duclos on the piano.



— “I thank you for being here today for a chance to remember those who have made indelible marks on our lives,” said Dr. Danny Griffis.

Griffis spoke to the attendees of the 2016 Syringa Hospice Tree of Lights Memorial service at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Sunday, Dec. 4. More than 75 people attended the event which is held each year to honor loved ones who have died.

“I am honored to serve as Syringa Hospice Medical Director and have the opportunity to assist those at the end of their lives, as well as their families,” Griffis said.

Music was provided by Kim Johnson, Philip Golde, Sharon Nine, Nicole Frei, Maddie Rehder, Kody Duclos and Ima Wikoff. Readings were presented by hospice volunteers Diane Walker, Betty Stone, Judy Salisbury and Marilyn Forsmann as well as hospice social worker Tara Duclos.

More than 130 names were read aloud by hospice volunteers Barbara Cleary, Karla Enneking and Jerry Wren.

Handmade wooden ornaments were constructed by hospice volunteers and hanged on a tree at the center. Each had a message — such as “I love you” or “I miss you — as well as the loved one’s name attached. The tree was lit at the end of the ceremony as the audience held lighted candles, had a moment of silence and then sang “Silent Night.” Donations toward ornaments were given to the program by family and friends wishing to honor their loves ones.

“Thank you to all who came here today to commemorate the lives of loved ones, and thank you so much to our hospice volunteers who are living out the second commandment – to love one another,” said hospice chaplain Mike Musegades, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Grangeville.

Syringa Hospice is the only hospice between McCall and Lewiston. Syringa provides services up to 45 minutes away. In order for a person to be admitted to the program, he or she must be approximately within six months of the end of life. Insurances generally cover most of the costs of hospice care, including Medicaid, which covers 100 percent of the visits and most medications not associated with the actual end of life care. Hospice memorial donations go toward some prescription costs and equipment needed that may not be covered by insurances.

To reach Syringa Hospice call LSW Cindy Higgins or Tara Duclos at 983-8550.



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