“This is a precious event to help bring closure to the memory of our loved ones. Thank you.” – 2019 Attendee
The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice is hosting the 7th Annual Community Remembrance at Heritage Memorial Garden in downtown Muskegon.
A program encompassing beautiful music, readings and bulb planting to help individuals and families in our community to both mourn the death and honor the life of a loved one. This program is open to anyone who has had a loss and need not have had hospice care. The annual Community Remembrance is held at the Heritage Memorial Garden located at 545 West Western Avenue and welcomes 80-100 attendees each year. Local community supporter, Pam Babbitt developed the beautiful garden in honor of her late husband; a haven located in downtown Muskegon and an incredible representation of the love that remains even after a person dies.
In our culture, mourning is becoming increasingly taboo. Grief is a natural and normal response to loss, and mourning is how one heals. It is our privilege to offer this opportunity to mourn and heal in an environment of acceptance and understanding. If you would like to participate in this meaningful event we are offering two sessions (2 PM and 6 PM), please RSVP by Monday, September 14, 2020. Online registration only by visiting HERE to register for an individual or family.
Harbor Hospice and The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center is encouraging you to stay vigilant in your masking and social distancing. Our staff and volunteers will be masked during each service on September 21, 2020. Upon arrival, each individual/family will check in at entrance to garden by telling a staff their name. We are requiring masks to enter the garden. If you do not have a mask we will provide one for you during the service. An usher will take you/group to an assigned area for seating. All seating will be sanitized before and in between the 2 pm and 6 pm services. Each group will be given a bag or box containing a program, pack of tissues, flag if deceased is veteran, tulip bulb, and hand sanitizer. An usher will release each family one at a time to plant their bulb in a pre-dug hole during the reading of names.
Harbor Hospice and Scolnik Healing Center, serving Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Ottawa, and Newaygo counties.
— Release and Liability Waiver —
Completion of registration, you are acknowledging to the below waiver. You will also need to sign a release and liability waiver form upon entering the garden for this event.
I am a participant (or the parent/legal guardian of a participant) in the Harbor Hospice Memorial Garden event (the “Memorial Garden”). By signing this Release and Liability Waiver, I am acknowledging that Michigan is currently facing a pandemic of the COVID-19 illness caused by a novel coronavirus. I understand that interacting in public events could increase my risk of contracting COVID-19; lead to virus exposure, which can be asymptomatic, and that illness can take place. I specifically assume that risk, for myself and my family, by entering and participating in the Memorial Garden. I understand that I am responsible for my own health and safety, and I am responsible for providing any personal protection equipment that I wish to use. To the fullest extent permitted by law, I hereby waive, release, and discharge Harbor Hospice, the Harbor Hospice Foundation, and the event organizers, including any organizing authority, sponsors, or any other organization or official involved with the event, and their members, agents, employees, attorneys, contractors, volunteers, successors, and assigns (collectively referred to as “Harbor Hospice”), from any and all claims, demands, suits, liabilities, damages, costs, expenses, actions, rights, or causes of action of any kind or nature, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, accrued or contingent, arising from or by reason of or in any way connected with the Memorial Garden, whether caused by negligence, gross negligence, or otherwise. Without limiting the foregoing, I specifically release Harbor Hospice from any claims from me or my family related to COVID-19 or related illnesses. I understand that by signing this Release and Liability Waiver, I am forever giving up my right to sue Harbor Hospice for any claim of any kind arising out of or connected with the Memorial Garden. I agree to comply with social distancing protocols that Harbor Hospice has put in place for this event, and am aware that a face mask is required for entrance to the Memorial Garden. If, despite the terms of this Release and Liability Waiver, Harbor Hospice is found liable by a court of competent jurisdiction, for any personal injury, illness, or property damage to me or my family, its collective liability shall be limited to Fifty Dollars ($50).