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Memory Trees Ease Pain for Those Dealing with Loss This Holiday Season

The festive season is always a time of joy and celebration; of family and friends. It is also a time of year when loss can be most deeply felt. Remembering loved ones lost is a natural and important step in the grieving process.

To honour those who have passed, memory trees are now in place throughout the region through Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority’s palliative care program with the help of volunteers and community groups. Members of the public are welcome to memorialize a loved one by adding a message to a provided ornament for placement on any of the memory trees located throughout the region.

“The trees provide us with an opportunity to place grief resources out for the public to access especially at this time of the year when feelings of grief may intensify,” says Sandra Milotte, palliative care volunteer coordinator and community liaison for Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.  “This year we have included a postcard from Palliative Manitoba, packages of mygrief.ca tissues along with what we have traditionally offered.”

Trees can be found in these community locations:

· Arborg & Districts Health Centre
· Lakeshore General Hospital (Ashern)
· Beausejour Health Centre & HEW Centre
· Elizabeth M. Crowe Memorial Hospital (Eriksdale)
· Fisher Branch Personal Care Home
· Gimli Community Health Centre
· Lac du Bonnet District Health Centre
· Lundar Personal Care Home
· Oakbank Kin Place Primary Health Care Centre
· Pinawa Sunova Mall
· Pine Falls Health Complex
· Selkirk Gaynor Library
· Stonewall Library
· St. Laurent Community Health Office
· Teulon Library
· Whitemouth Primary Health Care Centre

The trees will remain up until the first week in January 2020. Ongoing grief support groups, facilitated by dedicated community members, are also available.

For more information contact Mike Goldberg, community outreach & education coordinator, Palliative Manitoba, P: (204) 889-8525 ext. 232 or mgoldberg@palliativemanitoba.ca or regional community liaison, Sandra Milotte, at 1.855.494.7369 or 204.785.7542; email: smilotte@ierha.ca
 
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