TIGNISH -- In keeping with tradition, Hospice P.E.I. West Prince Chapter’s annual hymn sing will start with a candle-lighting memorial service.
Hymn Sing Apr. 6
Getting in a little preparation for the April 6 Hospice Hymn sing in Tignish are, front row, Pat Arsenault, Eleanor Perry; back row, Gen McAlduff, Sherry Smith, Lynda Leard, Julia Doucette and her granddaughter, Dryden Doucette.
A candle will be lit in memory of every palliative care and hospice patient who died in 2013. Pat Arsenault, volunteer coordinator for the chapter said the number of candles to be lit this year is 34, the same as the year before.
This year’s hymn sing will be held at St Simon and St. Jude Church, Tignish, on Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
Following the memorial service, Arsenault will give a short presentation about the support hospice volunteers can provide families when a loved one is terminally ill, and palliative care nurse Angela Webb will provide information about palliative care.
Then the Hymn Sing gets under way.
More than 30 performers are expected to take part either as soloists or as members of groups and choirs. Many of the approximately 50 West Prince hospice volunteers will perform the final selection. “We feel it is very important to have an ending like that,” Arsenault said, explaining it helps make audience members familiar with volunteers who, some day, they might need to call upon for support.
There is no charge for attending the Hymn sing but a voluntary offering is taken up in support of the hospice program.