Treasure Health invites community to honor loved ones at Tree of Life celebrations

November 17, 2017 | Treasure Health

STUART, Fla. (November 17, 2017) – Treasure Health will hold its annual Tree of Life celebrations in December, giving the community an opportunity to come together to honor loved ones during the holiday season. The seasonal celebrations will be held in Stuart on Wednesday, Dec. 6; Fort Pierce on Thursday, Dec. 7; and Port St. Lucie on Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

The annual events are held in partnership with the City of Stuart, City of Fort Pierce, and Town of Tradition.  Locations are as follows:

Stuart: Downtown Gazebo at 100 E. Ocean Ave.

Fort Pierce: Downtown Gazebo at the corner of Avenue A/Indian River Dr.

Port St. Lucie: Tradition Lakeside Gazebo, SW Meeting St.

The celebrations will include an inspirational message of hope from Treasure Health and live holiday music by local school choirs. Attendees can also purchase a porcelain keepsake ornament engraved with the words “Forever in our Hearts” for $15 to support Treasure Health Grief Support services in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

“The holidays can be challenging for some who have experienced the loss of a loved one,” said Jacki Nardone, Treasure Health Grief Support Director of Counseling and Pediatric Services. “The Tree of Life events provide an opportunity to acknowledge and express those feelings while being surrounded by a supportive group of people who have experienced a similar loss.”

Guests at all of the Tree of Life celebrations may acknowledge their loss by writing the names of their loved ones on a special memory tag that is placed on the decorated tree. For those who are unable to attend their local ceremony, memory tags may be picked up at the Mayes Center or the Thomas Counseling Center and hung on any of the trees at their convenience. The trees will be displayed in the downtown gazebos throughout the holiday season.

About Treasure Health

Treasure Health is a non-profit community organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to enable well-being through compassionate patient and family-driven care, professional support services and life-enhancing education.  Founded in 1982 as a hospice organization, Treasure Health has grown to serve 3000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties.  Today, thanks to the generous support of donors to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, Treasure Health offers an expanded family of services that includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

November 17, 2017 | Treasure Health
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Susan de Cuba

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Few creatures inspire as much wonder as the hummingbird. Tiny, yet strong enough to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, this brilliant bird is the ultimate symbol of resilience. So it’s only fitting that we have incorporated a hummingbird into our new look and logo to symbolize our organization’s life-affirming mission.

Under the Treasure Coast Hospice name, we have grown our services beyond our cornerstone hospice program to include palliative care, grief support counseling and specialized pediatric care. To better reflect our expanded scope of community services, we have changed the name of our parent organization to Treasure Health, while our flagship hospice program will continue to be called Treasure Coast Hospice.

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With all of our services, our goal is to empower patients and families with the knowledge and support they need to make every moment count.  Guiding our efforts is a caring community of health professionals, volunteers and donors. Like me, they believe that in all stages of illness, everyone deserves to experience the best possible quality of life.

With our comprehensive, compassionate approach to palliative care, hospice services and grief support, we are building communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.

We are excited to embrace a fresh brand that helps us promote our life-affirming philosophy and look forward to having you join us as a trusted partner in supporting our community’s healthcare journey.

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