Honoring loved ones with memorial tree ornaments


The Lights of Life Memorial Tree Lighting has been a seasonal staple for friends and family in the tri-state area for over twenty-five years. Its outreach extends into three locations; Sussex and Warren Counties, NJ and Pike County, PA, where families are invited to participate in this commemorative tradition. (Photo provided).

Newton - The Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice “Lights of Life Memorial Tree Lighting” gave area residents opportunity to have an ornament placed on a memorial tree to honor their loved one. The memorial tree has been a seasonal staple for friends and family in the tri-state area for more than 25 years. Its outreach extends into three locations; Sussex and Warren Counties, NJ and Pike County, PA, where families are invited to participate in this commemorative tradition.
The Sussex County Lights of Life Memorial was held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the atrium at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Sussex County Community College. The service was accented with guest readers that included area leaders, Hospice employees, volunteers and family members.
"We are pleased to welcome families to gather with us once again this year at one of our event locations. These are very special evenings for so many and each are highlighted with music and thoughtful reflections," stated Julia Quinlan, Co-Founder and President of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.
At the conclusion of each of the Lights of Life presentation, a memorial tree will be lit to commemorate the shining place loved ones have held hearts and minds.
"The memorial service and tree lightings provide a meaningful way for people to come together and share the emotions commonly experienced throughout the holidays. Lights of Life is a thoughtful, comforting service at which participants can honor and remember their loved ones," stated Louis Ruggiero, President of Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home. The Funeral Home has been the Event Sponsor of the Lights of Life Tree Lighting and Memorials for more than a decade.
For a $100.00 gift, participants are invited to remember a loved one this holiday season and will also receive a commemorative Lenox ornament chosen to highlight the 2018 event. With a $20.00 donation, donors will have their loved one’s name remembered. With each donation, participants are able to send an acknowledgement with a memorial keepsake to a designated recipient. To remember a loved one this holiday season, visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/lights or call 973-383-0115 for assistance.
The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement counseling for those who have lost loved ones. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is located at 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and the hospice provider for Newton Medical Center and area Atlantic Health Care System. The award-winning Home for Hospice is located in Fredon, NJ. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center recently opened its doors to a permanent home at 5 Plains Rd. in Augusta with satellite offices in Pike and Warren Counties. For information on hospice programs visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org or Facebook.com/KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org.