‘Set Memories Aglow’ with Mayo Clinic Hospice tree lighting kicks off for the holiday season

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(ABC 6 News) – Holidays are typically a joyful time filled with celebrations, gatherings and merriment; however, they also can be stressful and emotional when a loved one has died.

The trees were lit on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. and will stay illuminated until Friday, Jan. 6.

“Although the holidays can be a painful time after the death of a loved one, they can also be a time to cherish fond memories and traditions,” says Renae Meaney, a registered nurse and Mayo Clinic Hospice nurse supervisor, Mayo Clinic Health System.

To help with the healing process, Mayo Clinic Hospice will honor those who have died with the Hospice Set Memories Aglow tree lighting on the following campuses: Albert Lea, Austin, Red Wing and Rochester. The trees will be located in front of each of these facilities:

Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea

404 West Fountain Street

Albert Lea, MN 56007

Mayo Clinic Health System – Austin

1000 First Drive NW

Austin, MN 55912

Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Wing

701 Hewitt Boulevard

Red Wing, MN 55066

Mayo Clinic 41st Street Professional Building/Northwest Clinic

3033 41st Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

“We encourage the community to drive by anytime and view the lights as a tribute to those they love and miss this holiday season. This can help those grieving start a new tradition,” says Meaney.

Mayo Clinic Hospice serves patients of any age, wherever they reside throughout southeastern Minnesota or western Wisconsin. Hospice patients have both a terminal illness and a general life expectancy of six months or less. Mayo Clinic Hospice also provides grief support to the greater community it serves. To learn more about Mayo Clinic Hospice service, visit Hospice – Overview – Mayo Clinic or call 507-284-4002.