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2009: 19th Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony Provides Comfort
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19th Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony Provides Comfort

Opportunity to remember lost pets new this year

CAROL STREAM, Ill., November 13, 2009 -- While the upcoming holidays may bring joy to many, others may find the season emotionally challenging. For those in need of healing and comfort, CNS Home Health & Hospice, an affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital, presents the nineteenth annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m. at Lake Park High School (West Campus), 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle. Anyone who would like to honor a loved one who has passed away, is battling a life-threatening illness, or wishes to honor a special person in their life is welcome.

“The Tree of Lights is a lovely event filled with music and inspiration that gives people the opportunity to remember and honor friends, family or even remember a pet companion who touched our lives,” said Lisa Brown-VanArsdale, director of program and fund development for CNS Home Health & Hospice. “There are many people, myself included, that love pets like family. For the first time this year, we wanted to give people the opportunity to remember those loved ones, while supporting our very successful pet therapy program, “Paws with a Purpose.”

The Tree of Lights is both a remembrance service and a way to raise funds for programs that benefit those in need in the community. For a contribution, a hand-inscribed ornament will adorn one of 15 trees displayed during the ceremony. Ornaments include a dove representing remembrance, a soldier representing courage, a star representing honor and a heart representing loss of a pet. The trees will be lit during the ceremony in celebration of those whose names are displayed. Ornaments will be available online through December 15 for mailing and at the event.

Funds benefit community members by supporting programs such as:

• Hospice Care for uninsured or underinsured terminally ill patients

• Palliative Care for those with life-threatening illnesses who are still seeking treatment

• Home Health Care for uninsured or underinsured patients

• Bereavement Support meetings for those who experience loss, including children’s groups

• Geriatric Assistance Program for low-income, socially isolated, chronically ill elderly

• Provides the Parish Nurse Program to assist churches with support for parish nurses

• Pet Therapy Program, Paws with a Purpose to give tail waggin’ visits to our patients

The community is invited to attend the ceremony with keynote speaker Janet Wehr, a hospice registered nurse for more than 12 years. Lake Park High School Chorals and St. Walter’s Catholic Church Children’s Choir will perform as well as Apacafellas, a barbershop quartet from Lake Park High School. A reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony. For more information, please call CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 933-7329/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired or visit www.cnshomehealth.org.

An affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital
Since 1958, CNS Home Health & Hospice has been a non-profit home health agency serving DuPage County and surrounding communities by providing skilled and psychiatric nursing; physical, occupation and speech therapies; social services, private duty and pharmacy and infusion care; and hospice/palliative care and bereavement services.

CNS offers medical social workers, home health aides, dieticians, phlebotomy services, caregiver services, wellness programs and home medical equipment. In 2006 Telehealth Home Monitoring was added to their suite of services.

A group of over 150 volunteers also provides support to hospice families and homebound seniors by completing home visits, errands, clerical work and other tasks. For more information, please call CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 933-7329 / TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired or visit www.cnshomehealth.org.

Media Contact:
Amy Jo Steinbruecker