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Families remember their loved ones at Mayo Clinic tree lighting

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) – Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin “Set Memories Aglow” Sunday evening, honoring the families who have lost loved ones.

For the 8th year, the Austin location held its tree lighting ceremony in the front lobby, as families of patients lost gathered to remember their loved ones.

Event organizers say it’s been a significant part of starting up the holiday season for these people by giving those grieving a chance to reflect and recognize the impact of their loss.

“This is a great opportunity for our hospice families to come together, or anybody that has experienced the loss of a loved one, just throughout the past year or the past few years. It’s just a time to come together,” said Mayo Clinic Hospice Social Worker, Lenette Baron.

While Mayo Clinic Hospice Social Worker, Mary Bollum added, “And a time to bring other loved ones with them and remembering the person who has passed away, or persons, and taking that time for themselves in this moment.”

Sunday’s ceremony featured the tree lighting, along with Christmas music by the Austinaires and several readings by hospice care workers.

Holden Krusemark

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