Memories and music will highlight the official lighting of the annual Light Up A Life tree on Dec. 2. The tree has been decorated each year as a fundraising project by Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke &Fannin Counties and as a way for people to remember patients and their lives. Each light and each dove placed on the tree represents special family members or friends. The public is encouraged to attend.

Memories and music will highlight the official lighting of the annual Light Up A Life tree on Dec. 2. The tree has been decorated each year as a fundraising project by Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke &Fannin Counties and as a way for people to remember patients and their lives. Each light and each dove placed on the tree represents special family members or friends. The public is encouraged to attend.


"These lights represent so many lives that are woven into the history of Home Hospice," said Sherry Little, executive director of Home Hospice. "It is a time to remember those who are special to us."


At 6:30 pm desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided, followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Providing a musical program of Christmas hymns will be the Sherman High School Choir, directed by Ryker Dillard. Home hospice patients and families will tell their inspirint stories, and then the crowd will witness the lighting of the tree.


An increasing number of those facing death find themselves without resources for care, without support through their grief, and without someone to guide them through this difficult time. Without the benefit of insurance, patients are often turned away by organizations that can give this kind of comforting care. Home Hospice provides end-of-life care to any eligible patient desiring their service, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay for those services.


"The difference is the relief you see in an uninsured family when Home Hospice steps in and the family realizes that someone is finally going to help them. It is incredible," said Paula Perkins, LBSW, social worker at Home Hospice. "It is giving them hope that they matter too."


Light Up a Life helps Home Hospice raise funds for care for persons in the Texomaland community. It is sponsored by the Home Hospice Auxiliary, under the leadership of this year’s co-chairpersons, Sue Malnory, Darlene Schweizer and Becky Frank. Donations received through Light Up A Life support patient care, allowing Home Hospice to provide care to any patient, regardless of their financial status. The goal this year is to raise $100,000 to help Home Hospice continue more than 30 years of service in Grayson and Fannin Counties.


"Light Up a Life is a beautiful and moving ceremony designed to honor or remember loved ones as Light up a Life well as a special opportunity to provide, through a donation and placement of a dove on the tree, comfort and joy to future Home Hospice patients," said Barb Samuelson, Home Hospice volunteer coordinator. We’d love to see every reader place doves on the tree in honor or memory of someone as a wonderful Christmas gift that keeps giving."


To learn more about Light Up A Life or to donate to this cause, visit www.homehospices.org/events/light-up-a-life/ or call 903-868-9315. The public can also see the tree in the Kelly Square atrium and donate to the cause Dec. 3 through 20.


Home Hospice is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1982. It is dedicated to providing physical, emotional, and spiritual care at the end-of-life for patients, their families, and caregivers regardless of ability to pay, as well as to offer comfort to all in the community who are grieving.