Tree of Life Remembrance Ceremony

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The Tree of Life Remembrance Ceremony is an annual event held by Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Region to help us honor and remember our loved ones who have died, as we enter the holiday season.  For over 20 years, Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa has held this event as a touching and visible way to cherish and remember our loved ones who have passed.

During the event, speakers tell personal stories of grief and healing.  This is followed by a candle lighting remembrance ceremony.  You will have the opportunity to hang a Memory Ornament that you personalize, to your loved one(s) on the Tree of Life, and take it home at the end of the evening.

During the candle ceremony, individuals are invited up to light a candle in memory of their loved one.  As each person lights a candle, the physical space of the event begins to transform from one of darkness into light.  Once everyone has lit a candle, a long moment of silence is held to allow all a chance to remember their loved one in a hall basked in candlelight.

There will be opportunities to purchase some holiday-themed decorations, as well as some small gifts at the end of the evening.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Special Guests:
This year, our special guest speaker is Ottawa City Councillor Allan Hubley.  He will be sharing his personal story of grief, healing and hope following the death of his son, Jamie.

Musical accompaniment by guest pianist, Scott Voelzing.

 

Date:     December 3rd, 2017

Time:    4:00- 6:00pm (doors open at 3:00)

Location:  Beechwood Cemetery – 280 Beechwood Ave.  map

Cost:      $12 (in advance), $15 at the door
(cost includes all taxes, fees, refreshments, and 1 ornament)

To REGISTER and purchase tickets:  click here

NOTE(s)
-Extra ornaments are available to purchase at $5.00 each
(extras will be available at the door while supplies last)

– The event will include a powerpoint presentation with your loved one’s name(s) included.   (Unfortunately, this will apply only to tickets purchased in advance of the door)

– As some individuals cannot afford to come, there is an opportunity for you to donate to assist those who cannot afford to pay (as no one is turned away).  Should you require financial assistance, please contact the office.

For more information please contact us at 613-567-4278 or at office@bfo-ottawa.org