The Tree of Lights ceremony took place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Ashland.

ASHLAND — Hospice of North Central Ohio hosted its traditional Tree of Lights at its new Ashland headquarters at 1021 Dauch Drive, as a virtual event on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.

A brief ceremony took place to honor and remember loved ones who have died. An evergreen tree was planted next to the entrance of the Ruth Lindsay Memorial Garden & Walkway for this time-honored tradition. The celebration included music, readings, and luminaries in remembrance of loved ones.

“The holidays are a special time of year for many of us, but it also brings up a lot of different emotions for people who have lost loved ones,” Tina Marie Heibert, HNCO, said. “We hope everyone will feel supported and comforted though our video of the event.

“We have had around 100 guests in the past and we are hoping to reach out to many more in the coming years. You can find the video on our Facebook page (Hospice of North Central Ohio) or on YouTube.”

This tree will remain lit throughout the holiday season, in quiet remembrance of those who are no longer here.

“Thank you to our Event sponsors for the 2020 HNCO Tree of Lights: Janotta & Herner, Grandpa’s Cheese Barn & Sweeties Chocolates, Guenther Mechanical, Inc., Mrs. Joan Barstosic, Rev. Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson, and Mr. Frederick Shifley,” the organization stated in a press release.


Headquartered at 1021 Dauch Drive in Ashland, Hospice of North Central Ohio serves more than 200 patients daily in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties who are living with chronic and terminal illnesses. Additionally, free continuous bereavement services are provided for hundreds of families of hospice patients and to anyone in the community experiencing grief. Call 800-952-2207 for more information. HNCO is a 501c3 non-profit organization with over 37 years of experience and a community partner of United Way of Ashland and Knox County.

The Life section is supported by Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

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