BANGOR- The lights turning on at St. Joseph Hospital is a sign of the season for many.
Wednesday night, they held their Lights of Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremony.
“It’s really the start of the Christmas season and people really look to see the lights come on, the dove and the star, to really symbolize the beginning of the season,” said Mary Prybylo, the president of St. Joseph Healthcare.
The holiday season can be tough for those who have lost loved ones
This tradition started as a way to remember them more than a dozen years ago.
“People who have lost loved ones sometimes come and reflect upon those lives together in a way that’s quite emotional,” said Brad Coffey, the president of the St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation.
Inside the hospital is a tree with the name of those loved ones has more than one-hundred ornaments on it, keeping their memory alive.
People can get an ornament by contributing to the hospital
“We use the donations. It goes to the Mother Angela Fund. We use that for our community and patients for those who need a little extra support,” Prybylo said.
In attendance at the lighting ceremony, were Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the St. John’s Church choir.
Following the ceremony, the choir sang to patients in the hospital.