Ulrich Planfiling, a local manufacturer, has announced it will donate 1,000 star ornaments for Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care Light A Life Memorial Trees display. The shining stainless steel stars will be hung on the blue spruce trees in front of the Hospice office, each one displayed in the memory of someone’s loved one.
Daniel Berry, President of Ulrich Planfiling, and Joni Drocy, Project Engineer stand with Andy Dickson, Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care Director of Community Engagement, in front of the laser cutting machine that is cutting the Hospice Memorial Stars.
Now in its eleventh year, the Light A Life remembrance is offered as a tribute for area residents to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. Ulrich Planfiling’s donation will allow Hospice to use beautiful alternative lighting that will reflect the stainless steel stars.
“We looked far and wide without success to find the right ornaments for our Memorial Trees,” said Ron Sellers, President and CEO of Hospice Chautauqua County. “So, we approached Ulrich Planfiling and we were overwhelmed with the beautiful ornaments they designed (as well as) their offer to donate them. We are so fortunate to have made contact with Ulrich Planfiling, and designate them as sponsors of Light A Life for their generosity.”
The three-dimensional stainless steel stars will replace red bows used on the Memorial Trees in previous years.
“Hospice provides a truly valuable service to our community and what better time than the Christmas Season to pause and reflect on how many individuals and families have been helped over the years and continue to be helped today,” said Dan Berry, President of Ulrich Planfiling. “We are honored to be involved with Hospice.”
The decorations, lighting improvements and light towers will make the Hospice gardens a place where residents can come to meditate and reflect. “We have been staging improvements to the Light A Life Memorial in the last two years,” said Jamie Probst, Bereavement Coordinator at Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care. “Last year, we added light towers displaying the names of our loved ones. This year, we are enhancing the tree decorations, as well as beginning the remembrance of (an) ecumenical service at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church before the tree lighting ceremony.”
All area residents are encouraged to remember their loved ones in the Light A Life Memorial. Decorative porcelain ornaments may be purchased for $25 and $50. In addition to the decorative ornament, a star will also be hung on the Hospice Memorial Trees in memory of a loved one. Also, just a star may be reserved and hung for $10. All memorialized names are printed in the Memorial Program and on the Memorial Light Towers. Visit www.hospicechautco.org to purchase ornaments or reserve a memorial star.
Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care provides care and services to individuals and their families in the community who are dealing with life limiting and terminal illnesses. Community support enables care to be given to any individual or family, regardless of their insurance coverage or ability to pay. For more information about Hospice programs, contact the Lakewood office at 716-338-0033.