Tree lighting highlights importance of hospice

Annual ceremony held at Holyoke Mall

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A tree lighting ceremony at the Holyoke Mall was held to honor hospice personnel who bring comfort to those who only have a short time to live. The annual tree lighting ceremony for the Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Life Care was held outside the Target store on the mall’s second floor Thursday morning.

Hospice care is a valuable resource and a preferred option for many people dealing with terminal illnesses. Sue LaFlamme of West Springfield spoke to those gathered at the ceremony about the help, solace, and emotional support that they gave their mother, who died two months ago. She said her mother was determined to stay at home, and the folks at hospice made that possible.

“Her biggest goal was to die in her bed in her home,” Sue told 22News. “Thanks to hospice and the angels that were there helping, my mom was able to do that.”

22News anchor Rich Tettemer hosted the tree lighting and hospice salute. Rich has taken part in this tribute to the work of hospice for many years.