lovelites2018_Layout 1A Reminder to Reflect in a Busy Season

Each year around Christmas time, the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary invites the public to honor or remember loved ones with lights hung on several trees at Wayne Memorial Hospital. At night, the lights glow and twinkle and remind all passersby that love lives. The lights cost $5 each and the names of those honored are placed in a memory book displayed in the hospital’s lobby from early December until mid-January. The book can also be found on the hospital’s website.

“It’s really a heartwarming tradition,” says Love Lites co-coordinator Diane Fox. “Hundreds of people contribute each year, so the tree is truly lit up. At a time of year that’s so busy—the holidays—it’s a way for people to have a moment of reflection about loved ones. No fuss, no big packages to buy or carry, just a little light on a tree that glows all through the season.”

“I try to do it most years to remember people I love,” says Carol Kneier, Pleasant Mount. “I work at Wayne Memorial so I can see the lights every day during the season—it’s nice.”

Love Lites originated in 1991 as an auxiliary fundraiser but also as a service to the community. The night of the lighting, this year December 10th at 6:30 p.m.,  includes a ceremony that brings together a variety of community groups.  St. Tikhon’s Choir and the Honesdale High School chorus both perform songs appropriate to the season and the event.  A member of the clergy offers a blessing. Hospital staff, auxilians and members of the public who perhaps purchased a light are all invited to participate.

To participate, fill out the coupon found at by Friday, December 7th.  Make your check payable to the WMH Auxiliary for $5 for each Love Lite and mail to Diane Fox, 435 Wanoka Rd., Honesdale, Pa 18431. Coupons can also be found in the hospital lobby and at various locations in the area.

For more information call Diane at

570-253-4378 or Kathie Carlson at 570-226-8115.