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Tree of Lights Ceremony Honors Lives

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Riverstone Health lights a tree in its parking lot to celebrate the 23rd annual Tree of Lights ceremony.

The ceremony celebrates the lives of Riverstone Health's hospice patients and it is a remembrance of former patients. The members of one family said the tree lighting is a good way to honor their loved ones.

The Tree of Lights ceremony brings back many memories of Geraldine "Gerry" Sielbach.

"I remember most that she was happy no matter what she was always happy," said Rachel Sielbach, Gerry's granddaughter. "And I remember she once talked to me about her funeral. She said, 'when I die, you can't wear black to my funeral.' She wanted me to wear yellow."

This year's ceremony paid tribute to Gerry, who was one of the first patients at the Riverstone Health Hospice Home. She passed away earlier this year. Her husband, son, and granddaughter came to honor her.

"To celebrate her belief in Riverstone, what she liked about it, the people who were in there," said Fred Sielbach, her husband.

Gerry's family said she enjoyed the hospice because of the people.

"You hang out there for a while and realize how much work it is with these people," said Kent Sielbach, her son. "So it's a big job. And they take a lot of stress off you during a pretty stressful time. The tree is just a good reminder, a good way to honor those that have gone on before us and those that are at the hospice taking care of them.

The ceremony ended with lighting up a tree for the holiday season. Riverstone Health's Hospice Services has served about 500 families.