Contact Us

Hospice Tree of Lights in Toms River Offers Solace and Hope

Tree of Lights at Holy Redeemer Hospice
Tree of Lights at Holy Redeemer Hospice

One by one, candles spread a glow through a quiet room in Toms River. Lights on a simple, sturdy evergreen begin to gleam like a galaxy of stars. Then, the air fills with prayers and hymns that transcend categories and unite everyone gathered. The Tree of Lights ritual at Holy Redeemer Hospice aims to bring comfort and courage to people lost in grief.

More than 50 folks in mourning are attending today’s ceremony that begins at 1 PM. Director Jane Lynn Piccolo says that the tradition is in its second year in Toms River but is already well-entrenched throughout its regional system.

“It’s a yearly fund-raising program that Holy Redeemer’s had in Pennsylvania and in our hospice programs in New Jersey,” she told us. “For the past three years, it’s been in Atlantic County and Cape May.”

Proceeds from donations to the celebration benefit the Holy Redeemer Hospice Foundation, Piccolo noted, which encompasses a myriad of initiatives and support programs.

“It’s used for care, for patients and families as needed, or education for staff on providing better care for our patients,” said Piccolo.

An emotional undercurrent informs the celebration, she agreed, but hospice workers are more prepared to channel it than most of us.

“Our staff are professionals…social workers, nurses, chaplains,” she explained. “We have memorials twice a year, but the Tree of Light is special…it’s a little bit more spiritual, more prayers and more singing. Families are having a more difficult time in coping.”

This year’s celebration honors veterans as well as civilians.

The Tree of Lights and the representative star ornaments remain aglow through the holiday season. See more about it at the Holy Redeemer Hospice web page.

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!