On Saturday, October 26, the staff and volunteers of Elite Hospice (formally Ouachita Regional Hospice) gathered at Janssen Park to honor the families who had lost loved ones this past year on hospice services.
The event commemorated the memories of family members who meant so much to so many. A memorial stone was placed as a perpetual reminder. The boulder was contributed by Rick and Sandy Lyle of Hillcrest Stone.
This massive rock was quarried from the family acreage north of Rich Mountain. The sandstone plaque with the inscription “Rock of Remembrance” was donated by L & L Stone, Gene & Barbara Lyle owners. Each family who attended the memorial were given their very own rock of remembrance inscribed with “Forever in our hearts”.
Hospice chaplains shared encouraging thoughts to encourage the families during their time of loss and a reception was hosted by the caring staff of Elite Hospice. This monument is the beginning of a 5 year memorial plan to honor families by Elite Hospice and Mena Mayor Seth Smith. Hospice Executive Director Tom Patterson and staff want our community to know it is all about helping people and that they care deeply for the citizens of our area.
Special thanks to the Polk County honor guard for providing military honors and to the Mena Parks Department for assistance in preparing for this event.
Elite Hospice offers bereavement services for 13 months after a loved one dies. Bereavement Coordinator Mark Lyle leads the aftercare for families who benefit from grief care.