Celebrate A Life tributes also online

Victoria Hospice invites people to remember loved ones this December

In celebration of the 30th annual Celebrate A Life event, Victoria Hospice is excited to launch an online platform that provides individuals and families a new way to remember loved ones during the holiday season.

The site launched Tuesday (Dec. 1), allowing families to visit CelebrateALifeVictoria.ca to hang a special, personalized tribute ornament on the new virtual tree.

“For many people, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year when dealing with the loss of a loved one,” notes Victoria Hospice Medical Director Douglas McGregor. “Celebrate A Life gives those that are grieving a gentle, personal way to pay tribute to someone who has died.”

The 30-year tradition of hosting a Celebrate A Life display, staffed by trained Hospice volunteers, will continue at Hillside Centre (next to Scotiabank) through Dec. 13. However, sometimes loved ones are far away or just cannot make it to the Celebrate A Life location.

The website allows people to write a personalized message in memory of a loved one, share their tribute through social media, search for tributes, and read through the touching messages left by others. The site also offers tips for coping with grief though the holiday season.

Victoria Hospice invites individuals to take a moment to step aside from the busy holiday rush this season to Celebrate A Life at Hillside Centre or at CelebrateALifeVictoria.ca.

While there is no charge, donations in support of Victoria Hospice are gratefully accepted.

Everyone is also welcome to attend the Celebrate A Life Non-Denominational Memorial Service on Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 to 4 p.m. at the University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel.