Castlegar Hospice Society board member Joanne Cotter, hospice director Suzanne Lehbauer, and volunteer support worker Isabel Sapriken kicked off the Celebrate a Life campaign. Photo submitted

Castlegar hospice wants to help during the holidays

Society kicks off annual fundraising campaign and holiday grief support services.

Castlegar Hospice Society is marking the holiday season with two important events.

The society’s largest fundraiser each year — Celebrate a Life — has already kicked off. The Christmas display features a cozy holiday scene and several memorial trees including one just for pets. This year the display can be found at the Super 8 Hotel.

Visitors are encouraged to pick up a gift tag and fill it out in memory of a loved one and then place it on one of the trees. There is no cost for the tags, but donations can be left at the hotel desk.

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The second event takes place on Dec. 7. Handling the Holidays is a grief support event that will be held at the Castlegar and District Public Library.

“There are so many people that need support around the holidays,” said Suzanne Lehbauer, the society’s director. “We really try to do our best to help them out.”

Many people don’t realize that the Castlegar Hospice Society is the main local provider for grief support services. Lehbauer says the demand for those services continues to grow all of the time.

Support activities will take place in the library’s meeting room. A relaxation yoga session will take place at 10:30 a.m. Lehbauer says there is something for everyone, no matter how “bendy” you might be. Guests are encouraged to bring a mat if they have one.

Drop in holiday support will be also be available at the library from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be videos, holiday tool kits and hospice grief support workers on hand to help guide participants through the season. Refreshments will be served, and all portions of the event are free.

If you would like to donate to Castlegar Hospice and can’t make it to Celebrate a Life, donations can be made directly to the society on their website.

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