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Hospice Lights Up Holiday Tree November 23

Event Adventist Health/Hospice serving Tillamook County will hold the holiday tree lighting ceremony that kicks off its annual Light Up a Life fundraising campaign on Monday, November 23 at noon at the Tillamook County Creamery Association Visitors Center (Cheese Factory). Featuring special music by Fred and Diane Wright, this celebration honors the mission of hospice while lighting up the holiday season with remembrances of people in our lives, both past and present, who are shining stars. A display with the names remembered holds a place of honor next to the holiday tree in the Visitors Center main dining room. 

Light up a Life, Hospice’s only public fundraiser, officially starts with the Tree Lighting ceremony in November and runs through the Reading of the Names ceremony that will be held this year on Monday, January 4, 2016. 

A donation during this time, made in memory of someone who has died, or in honor of someone still living, helps to ensure that hospice care is available to anyone in our community with a terminal illness. Donations are gratefully accepted: by mail to PO Box 188 in Tillamook; in person at the Hospice office, located at 980 Third Street, Suite 400, in Tillamook: and online at

Hospice provides compassionate end of life care, including medications related to the terminal illness, equipment required to care for a person at home, and professional services to around 100 patients throughout the Tillamook region each year. The Hospice team, which includes a physician, nurses, aides for personal care, a social worker and chaplain, as well as volunteers, focuses on supporting the person and their loved one along the last journey of learning, loving and reflecting together. While most insurances cover hospice care, each year there are some individuals who receive financial assistance for some or all of the services they need. 

Family and friends caring for a loved one at home who is on Hospice frequently refer to the nurses and team members as angels. As one person shared, “During such a hard time you are like angels coming to help and support us…God bless you, Tillamook team!” 

For more information, please call the Tillamook Hospice office at (503) 815-2486.