• Honor your loved one this holiday season.

    Honor your loved one this holiday season.

    During the Christmas season, our thoughts turn to those we love – our family and friends who celebrate the joy of the season with us, and those who are no longer here, but whose memory burns brightly in our hearts.

    We invite you and your family to honor your loved one this season by participating in the Loving Tree Project. Through your generous donation, you will receive a personalized ornament in memory of your loved one. The ornament helps to embrace the loss of your loved one and provides a keepsake for years to come. These ornaments will decorate the Loving Tree in the Town Center at Sioux Center Health throughout the holiday season.

    For more information or to order an ornament download an order form and return with payment to Sioux Center Health Hospice and Home Care (1400 7th Ave SE) by Friday, November 16. For questions, call Monica Sedelmeier at 722-8415 or monica.sedelmeier@siouxcenterhealth.org.

    Please note: Anyone can order an ornament in memory of your loved one. It doesn’t need to be a hospice patient. 

    Judy Yates Hospice Story

    “Grief is something I am familiar with because two of my children passed away. During my grief journey, there was no local hospice and there were no grief support groups in our area. I knew that I needed outside support to help me cope with my feelings of loss.

    I found the support I needed at The Compassionate Friends support group in Sioux City. This is a group of bereaved parents that meet regularly to help one another through the complexities of losing their child. I met my husband Stan Yates at one of these meetings.

    Hospice started in Sioux Center 30 years ago. Together Stan and I became hospice bereavement volunteers. We found this work very rewarding and we enjoyed our time spent with those in our community that were working through their grief journey.

    Stan and I knew that the process of healing is possible when we share our stories of loss with others. We were instrumental in starting a local bereavement support group through hospice called Forward Steps, a 6 week program geared toward education about the grief process and opportunities for the participants to support each other. Later, that support group evolved into Life After Loss support group, an ongoing group that meets the second Thursday of every month.

    Stan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After about 5 months of him fighting this disease, we knew that the time had come to contact hospice. The hospice staff and volunteers came into our home and assisted me as I cared for him during his final days. Hospice helped me understand what Stan was going through and was supportive of me and our family every step of the way. I was grateful for the wonderful care and pleasant people to work with.

    One way that I have honored and remembered my loved ones throughout the past 25 years has been to make a donation to Hospice for the Loving Tree ornaments. I have a special tree in my house that stays up all year in which I display these precious memories.”                 ~ Judy Yates

    Tree Lighting Ceremony 
    Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 pm  |  Sioux Center Health Town Center
    Join us for a special memorial service as we light the tree to remember and celebrate the lives of those we will never forget. Refreshments will be provided.

    Your ornament will be available for pick up after January 8 in the Gift Shop located in the Town Center at Sioux Center Health.

    All donations received will benefit the Sioux Center Health Hospice and Home Care program.

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