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Christmas Tree Honors Deceased Loved Ones
Summary: Volunteers will install and decorate the Tree of Remembrance, an annual tribute presented by Adventist St. Thomas Hospice and BMO-Harris Bank Hinsdale, at 10 a.m., Sunday Nov. 18 in downtown Hinsdale.

Hinsdale – More than 350 individuals will be memorialized as part of the Tree of Remembrance, an annual tribute presented by Adventist St. Thomas Hospice and BMO-Harris Bank in Hinsdale. Now in its 20th season of commemorating friends and loved ones, the tree is on display on the corner of Lincoln and First streets in front of BMO-Harris Bank’s downtown Hinsdale location. Volunteers will install and decorate it at 10 a.m., Sunday Nov. 18. This year, Adventist St. Thomas Hospice is celebrating its 32nd anniversary serving the community.

Community members can honor a loved one who has passed away by making a contribution to Adventist St. Thomas Hospice. The loved one’s name is then written on one of two adjacent memorial name boards.  These memorial signs have increased in size this year in order to accommodate the growing participation. Funds raised are used to assist uninsured families and to provide bereavement support to all members of the community. It is the hospice’s only annual fundraiser. 

“The holidays are a time for reflection, and many people are looking for a meaningful way to remember loved ones they have lost,” said Rosie Cohen, the hospice’s bereavement coordinator. “Our annual Tree of Remembrance is a wonderful way to honor them and remember someone. Many families tell us that visiting the tree is an annual event.”

The tree will be illuminated from Nov. 23 to Jan. 3, a tradition that began in 1993. 

Gift envelopes are available inside the BMO-Harris Bank of Hinsdale, or by calling Adventist St. Thomas Hospice’s bereavement department at (630) 856-6993. Donations may also be mailed to the attention of Tree of Remembrance at Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, 119 E. Ogden Avenue, Suite 111, Hinsdale, IL 60521.

The hospice is part of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and serves patients and families in DuPage, eastern Kane, northern Will and western Cook counties. It is certified by Medicare and accredited by the Joint Commission. 

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com. 

Media contact: Julie Busch, regional director, Public Relations, Adventist Midwest Health, julie.busch@ahss.org; 630-856-2353. 




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