Your gift makes YES possible.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Hosts In-Person Tree of Remembrance Ceremony

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) will host its Annual Tree of Remembrance Ceremony at the Franklin Conference Center, located in the Howe Center in Rutland on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 pm.  The event will be held in person for the first time since 2019, and is free and open to the public. For inclement weather, a snow date of Tuesday, December 12 at 6 pm has been set.

The Tree of Remembrance Ceremony is a way for community members to reflect, honor and celebrate loved ones and friends who have passed away. The event will feature music by the Hospice Trillium choir, remarks by Hospice Medical Director Allan Eisemann, MD, recitation of loved ones’ names, the lighting of the tree, refreshments, and fellowship.

“This ceremony is about families who have lost a loved one and their legacy,” said Jesse Bradley, Spiritual and Bereavement Coordinator at VNAHSR. “Our caregivers, volunteers, and staff care deeply for the families of our patients and offer a variety of services to them to help deal with grief and loss. This ceremony, a beloved annual event, and is just one of the many ways we want to honor and remember their loved ones for years to come – and we are so grateful to be able to hold it in person again.”

If you would like to have your loved one recognized during the ceremony, please email with the name(s) of your loved ones. For event questions, please call Jesse at 802.855.4225.

About the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region

Founded in Rutland, Vermont, the VNAHSR has grown to include locations throughout Bennington and Rutland Counties. VNAHSR is a non-profit, Medicare-certified home health and hospice agency delivering a wide range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability, and expertise to people of all ages.

With office locations in Bennington, Dorset, Manchester, and Rutland, we have nearly 350 trusted health professionals and caregivers committed to providing exceptional care to patients and families.

Proud of our national reputation for quality care, VNAHSR is highly rated for Quality of Patient Care and Patient Satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is recognized as one of the nation’s top  performing home health agencies by HomeCare Elite, a market-leading review that identifies top Medicare-certified agencies.