Memorial — Local funeral home provides events for those grieving during the holiday season

The holidays are quickly approaching and for many suffering the loss of a loved one the season means a difficult and isolating time of year.

In response, Attrell’s Funeral Chapels, located in Newberg and Sherwood, are offering the “Tree of Remembrance,” an opportunity for those who have experienced the death of a loved one to do something special for themselves: a time to share and receive support from those who sense how hard the holidays can be, a press release said.

The event has been held for the past 25 years by Attrell’s, allowing hundreds of people to do something tangible to remember their loved one, regardless of where or when the death occurred. The three-part program is designed and open to anyone who wants to attend.

The first event is ongoing from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. A Christmas tree will be placed in each Attrell’s chapel during the week of Thanksgiving. Starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 29, family and friends are invited to bring ornaments to commemorate loved ones. Traditional glass ornaments are available at the chapels if needed. Ornaments that were stored at the chapels from previous years will be placed on the tree only after a family member makes the request. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday through Saturday through Dec. 31. Families are welcome to come by whenever they desire, with the exception of Christmas Day.

The second event will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in Newberg, and at 4 p.m. in Sherwood. This is a time to honor the names listed on ornaments hung on the trees. The “Time of Remembrance Program” celebrates memories represented by the ornaments. Anne Kister, grief educator with Community Care through Providence Hospice, will share how to get through the holidays following the death of a loved one. Music, refreshments and a time of fellowship are included.

The last event, “Mother’s Heart,” will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Attrell’s in Newberg. In 1996, Mother’s Heart Support Group of Newberg began meeting around the Tree of Remembrance to hang ornaments in memory of their children. The event is designed to help mothers who have lost a child realize that they are not alone. Living in Newberg or being a member of Mother’s Heart is not required.

For more information, call Attrell’s in Newberg at 504-538-2191, stop by the office at 207 Villa Road or visit

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