Deadline is Friday for Memorial Photographs

If you've lost a loved one, the holiday season can pose an emotionally challenging time. NorthBay Hospice's annual Tree of Memories is a thoughtfully coordinated ceremony that offers people a chance to pause during this time to remember their friends and family members.

The two-hour ceremony, set for Dec. 2 at 1 p.m., will be held at NorthBay Healthcare's Green Valley Administration Center, 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield. It includes music, reading of names, a tribute to veterans, a slide show of digital images of loved ones lost, and light refreshments.

Before the ceremony begins, guests will receive a free ornament to place on the tree in memory of their loved ones.

Every year for the past several years, special keepsake ornaments have also been made available. This year's version is a butterfly, suspended within a 24K gold-plated spiral, with two Austrian teal crystals on each wing. It commemorates NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement's 30th anniversary, and a minimum donation of $30 helps fund NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs.

These special ornaments can be ordered in advance. Contact Tim Johnson, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, at txjohnson@NorthBay.org, by calling (707) 646-3132, or order it online at www.NorthBay.org/HospiceOrnament, before Nov. 24. They may also be purchased at the event.

If you choose to have photos of loved ones included in the video tribute, please submit one or two digital images to Bereavement@NorthBay.org by Nov. 24.

For more information, contact NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement at (707) 646-3517.