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Community members honor passed loved ones with event in Meinig Memorial Park

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - More than 50 people attended the Time of Remembering on Aug. 25 in Meinig Memorial Park. As people entered Meinig Memorial Park on Wednesday, Aug. 25, they were met by signs offering invitations for reflection and an atmosphere of care. From 4-7 p.m. Mt. Hood Hospice held that public space for folks who've experienced loss to take time to remember their loved ones.

"Grief is a solitary journey we are meant to do alone," read one sign pinned to a tree leading into the area that hospice staff designated as the remembrance walk. There, staff hung contributed photos of loved ones attendees wished to honor.

More than 50 people from 33 different households attended the Time of Remembering, participating in multiple self-guided, self-reflective activities aimed to help people remember their loved ones and process their emotions. About 75 photos were sent in for the event, and the turnout was similar to that of the last in-person event in 2019. PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Former bereavement coordinator for Mt. Hood Hospice, Valerie Hayden, was among those honored on the remembrance walk.

"We ended up with a fairly good turnout," said hospice bereavement coordinator and event coordinator Laura Lirette. "Overall, the feedback was that people liked having (the event) in an outdoor, low-pressure space. People enjoyed the walk not only for seeing their loved ones, but others'. They liked knowing they weren't alone, and I think people found it comforting to be out in nature."

Similar to last year, the hospice staff plans to host a virtual Time of Remembering on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Those who wish to send in photos for the virtual event's memorial slideshow can send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"I find it really exciting that we now have two opportunities like this spaced apart from each other," Lirette said. "I was amazed Wednesday by the people's generosity, sharing their stories with me. Being able to provide (this experience) to the community is really profound."

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Signs with inspirational quotes, poetry and invitations to reflect were scattered throughout Meinig Park on Aug. 25. Give back to Mt. Hood Hospice

As a nonprofit organization, Mt. Hood Hospice offers events like Time of Remembering free of charge. Donations can be sent online at

Those who wish to donate their time can contact volunteer/outreach coordinator Jolie Phanton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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