Genesis Remembrance Tree to honor memory of loved ones

Remembrance tree
The Genesis Remembrance Tree will be lit on Monday, Nov. 14, to help celebrate the memories of loved ones while also illuminating the continuing need for access to quality hospice in the region. CREDIT GENESIS HEALTH SYSTEMS

A tree-lighting ceremony is set for the Genesis Remembrance Tree, which has become an annual tradition for the Quad Cities.

The event will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, outside the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, 2546 Tech Drive, Bettendorf. Parking will be available at 2535 Maplecrest Road, adjacent to the hospice house.

Family and friends are welcome to gather for a special service of readings, music and moments of reflection at the ceremony, hosted by Genesis Health System.

The Genesis Remembrance Tree has been a community focal point for celebrating the memories of loved ones while also illuminating the continuing need for access to quality hospice in the region. Since 2004, the event has honored more than 7,000 people and raised more than $100,000 for hospice care services. 

For some, the tree-lighting has become a family tradition – a way to pause during the busy holiday season and gather and remember along with the support of others.

“Genesis Hospice is where every life is extraordinary and honored as sacred,” said Jamie Moen, Genesis Home and Community Services director. “The Genesis Remembrance Tree shines a light on the legacy of the patients who have received our care, and we hope it provides comfort to many.”

Individual “light” sponsors are invited to make a donation of $10 or more to honor the memory of a loved one and illuminate the Genesis Remembrance Tree. Proceeds will benefit Genesis Hospice Services. 

In addition, Genesis Hospice has once again partnered with Isabel Bloom to create a limited edition ornament for the 2022 Remembrance Tree. The ornament sale helps support Genesis hospice services and provides loved ones a way to adorn their own tree with loving thoughts of those they wish to always remember. 

Ornaments will be available for purchase and pick-up at the tree-lighting ceremony. The cost is $20 each. Any remaining ornaments can be purchased at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House after the tree-lighting event.

This year’s Genesis Remembrance Tree will be sponsored by Whelan-Pressly Funeral Home Inc.; Good Samaritan Society; McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home; and American Bank and Trust.

For information about how to honor the memory of a loved one, call (563) 421-6865 or visit www.genesishealth.com/tree

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