Remember loved ones with the Community Remembrance Tree

| November 15, 2016

012COSHOCTON – Every year since the early 2000s, Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton has put up a Community Remembrance Tree on the courthouse lawn in the gazebo for the upcoming holiday season. It is a special place where community members can remember loved ones who have gone before us during the Christmas season.

“When we put the tree up every year, it’s nice to see the names that are put up every year and we can remember that person,” said Angie Taylor, director of Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton. “It’s almost another healing time for us and for the community. Even the people in the community when they see those names put up, it’s a time of remembrance for them.”

The tree is donated every year by Scheetz Tree Farm in memory of Kenny Scheetz’s father and brother, Paul C. Scheetz and Merle E. Scheetz respectively.

“I had a brother who passed away and my father,” said Kenny. “So I’m giving it in remembrance of them, and just on the general principle of giving to a worthy cause.”

The 12-foot tree features on average 600 names a year. Residents can also place names on the tree in honor of a loved one, and they do not need to be from Coshocton County to be named. Volunteers put all the names received on stars which are then hung on the tree.

“One family comes every year and requests names to be put on the tree,” said Kim Hayes of Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton. “They request that all the stars be put on the bottom of the tree so the grandkids can see the names.”

To request a name for the Community Remembrance Tree, call Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton at 740-622-7311.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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