Hospice gathering honors loved ones

North Oaks Hospice held its 20th annual Hospice Memory Tree gathering on Dec. 6 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center in Hammond.

Family members and caregivers of former patients attended the event as part of North Oaks Hospice’s Bereavement Program, North Oaks officials said.

Family members and caregivers of former patients are invited to hang ornaments on the tree in memory of their loved ones and receive support from Hospice staff members.

Shirley Hunt, of Hammond, was among the guests. She attended in memory of her late husband, Milton Hunt, who was a Hospice patient for one month before he died Aug. 28.

She helped to trim the tree with a Popeye ornament in memory of Milton, who owned a Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen franchise in Hammond for 34 years. The ornament was handmade by Shirley’s aunt, Illys Utz.

“North Oaks Hospice is a wonderful service,” Shirley said. “The whole team was very supportive.”

The North Oaks Hospice team of professionals focuses on the patient’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs and emphasizes the importance of the patient’s quality of life.

North Oaks Hospice offers complimentary evaluations with no obligation.

For more information about North Oaks Hospice, call (985) 230-7620 or visit http://www.northoaks.org.