Sunday, December 16, 2012
Christmas Tree Memorial for Deceased Hospice Patients (Video 2:57)
Hospice workers experience patients’ deaths on a regular basis. The frequency of these experiences can sometimes cause the individuality of each death to be overshadowed by the totality of them all. Al Poeppel, a hospice volunteer, has found a special way to honor each of his departed patients during the Christmas season.
The outdoor Christmas memorial tree created by Poeppel is his labor of love. The decorated tree celebrates his deceased patients, supports their families, and encourages introspection among the general public admiring the impressive tree as they drive by. Each tree ornament bears a deceased patient’s name that helps Poeppel reflect on the times he shared with that person. Poeppel thinks families appreciate knowing that their loved ones are remembered. He also hopes that the tree reminds others of the importance of making the most of life.
Happy holidays to all of you. I hope 2013 brings you many rainbow smiles. In this video, you can view Poeppel’s amazing Christmas tree and hear his heartwarming story.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback at many booksellers in America and several other counries and in e-book form at Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers.