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Essentia Health honors hospice patients

By Maureen Talarico
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospice invites the public to attend upcoming annual “Service of Remembrance” events throughout the Northland. The services are to remember patients who have died while in hospice, honor their families and friends and thank their caregivers.

“These are very special and moving events for our families who have experienced a loss in the past year through Essentia Health hospice,” said Sandee Carlson, who directs Essentia’s hospice program. “It’s a way for us to gather together and remember the special people in their lives and to meet and connect with the care teams in a peaceful, meaningful way.”

Service of Remembrance events are nondenominational and everyone is welcome. To accommodate attendees and in consideration of families that live throughout the Northland, three separate services will be held and more than 900 hospice patients will be honored. St. Mary’s Hospice has been privileged to honor hospice patients and care teams for the past 25 years through these special services.

Sept. 23 — Grand Rapids “Service of Remembrance” for people served by the Itasca Hospice Program in Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. 2 p.m., St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 501 NW 16th St., Grand Rapids

Oct. 14 — Duluth/Superior “Service of Remembrance” for people who resided in Duluth and surrounding communities. 2 p.m., Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th St., Duluth

Oct. 21 — Mountain Iron/Virginia “Service of Remembrance” for people served by the East Range Hospice Program in Virginia and surrounding communities. 2 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 8590 Enterprise Drive S., Mountain Iron