Hospice Circle of Love Tree of Life Celebration Planned

Hospice Circle of Love’s annual Tree of Life Celebration is being planned to help area residents remember loved-ones who are no longer with them. Participants can obtain personalized silver or gold bell ornaments in memory of a family member or friend, for a $25.00 tax deductible donation. The ornaments will be hung on a trio of Christmas trees featured at the Tree of Life celebration. The ornaments will be yours to keep following the event, which will be held Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 PM at the Hallie Gantz Center at the NOC Enid Campus. The event will include the reading of the names on the trees, holiday music, a spiritual message and a cookie and punch reception.

“Tree of Life is something our staff looks forward to every year. It is a special opportunity for the community to come together in remembrance of their loved one’s while giving us an opportunity to reconnect with the families we have served over the years,” commented Hospice Circle of Love Director Chad Caldwell.

The money raised with this event will go directly towards patient care for those who don’t have a Medicare or hospice insurance benefit. Hospice Circle of Love never charges patients and families for their services.

To order a Tree of Life ornament, stop by the Circle of Love office at 314 South Third in Enid. For more information, call Hospice Circle of Love at (580) 234-2273

Circle of Love Chaplain Named Oklahoma’s Spiritual Counselor of the Year for Hospice

Hospice spiritual services can come in many forms and Hospice Circle of Love Chaplain Gary Miller has a knack for providing just what is needed to each patient he sees. His special skill set was recognized Thursday, when he was named Spiritual Counselor of the Year by the Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association (OHPCA) at their 2014 annual conference in Tulsa.

In his work as a hospice Chaplain, Gary provides spiritual comfort to both terminally ill patients and their families. Reading the Bible and praying are common activities during his visits. He is also there to listen. Talk often turns to life after death and Gary seems to know just what to say to put someone’s mind at ease.

Sometimes Gary is asked to be the one to perform the funeral for a hospice patient or their family member, due to the fact that he has become that family’s closest spiritual advisor. He is an important part of Circle of Love’s Bereavement team as well. This includes co-facilitating community grief groups, helping with the annual Tree of Life Celebration and making phone calls to families.

Gary has made such a difference in the lives of so many patients and families at such an important time. He is always there to provide support and compassion, when it’s needed most.

The Spiritual Counselor of the Year Award nominations are read and voted on by hospice workers in another state. Criteria for consideration includes the nominees history and relationship to hospice, their role and scope of activity and the impact they make on hospice care and in the lives of the patients and families they serve. Circle of Love’s Executive Director Chad Caldwell, who is also the current President of the OHPCA, was honored to present Gary with his award.

Hospice Headlines

Spring 2015

• Maurine Is Living Life to Its Fullest
• Circle of Love Named Enid’s Best Hospice
• Kentucky Derby Fundraiser Held in May
• Circle of Love’s Next Event To Be Annual Clay Shoot
• Circle of Love Volunteers Recognized for Their Service
• Fall Book Sale To Follow Successful Spring Event
• Relay For Life To Help Fund Cancer Research

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