BLUEFIELD (WVVA) -- The 'most wonderful time of the year' for some, is a period of grief for others.
That's why the Roselawn Funeral Home and Hospice Compassus teamed up to help the grieving this holiday season -- through 'Trees of Remembrance' at Mercer Mall.
"The overall temperature is happy and everyone is celebrating, but when you're a bereaved person, you still have this void in your heart or in your soul," said Hospice Compassus consultant Melissa Powell. "As a bereaved individual, we feel like we need to be happy. We feel like we need to be celebrating. But really, deep inside of us, we're sad. We're grieving. And we miss our loved one."
"We know that during the holiday season we have a lot of folks that are having a little bit of a hard time," said Roselawn Funeral Director Chris Ellis. "So we wanted to work with Hospice Compassus to be able to provide this service, so people can remember their loved ones."
The dove ornaments are just another way to do just that.
"The purpose of this tree is to help families understand that even in the darkness and the dark times associated with grief, this tree still burns brightly for their loved one and for their family, as well," Powell said. "This tree is a visible sign that your family member or loved one has not been forgotten."
The trees are located in the food court entrance of Mercer Mall. They'll be up until after Christmas and the ornaments are free of charge.