At Christmas tree lightings on December 13 and 14, Catawba Regional Hospice honored patients and family members who have been served during the past year. Hosted at three locations – the Catawba Valley Hospice House, the Sherrills Ford Hospice House, and the Hospice Thrift Store – the receptions featured remarks by chaplain Kim Fox-Dowell, benefactor Truitt Beard, and thrift store manager Jamie Icard.
Guests were treated to homemade cookies and punch, along with Christmas carols and other seasonal songs performed by a musical ensemble from Concordia Christian Day School. Led by Laura Epps, director of music and drama, the group included Kat Diamonti, Ben Harris, Lillian Sharpe, Jacqueline Soderberg, Meg Yenderusiak, and Anna Wike.
The tree lightings, an annual tradition at Catawba Regional Hospice, are part of a program of services designed to help families celebrate memories and cope with the loss of loved ones during the holidays. Seasonal grief workshops available to the community are also among the scheduled offerings.