FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A tree lighting and memorial service Sunday in downtown Fort Wayne recognized the mixed emotions that can come with the holidays for those who have experienced loss.

This was the 37th year of the event put on by Stillwater Hospice. Organizers said the “Holiday Memorial Service and Tree Lighting” symbolizes remembering and honoring loved ones who are no longer with us.

“The holidays are special and it’s a time for families to get together and so when you have the loss of a loved one, it can be really challenging because you have different traditions that you do,” said Mary Shankster, chief development officer of Stillwater Hospice.

The event was held at Baker Street Station and also included guest speakers and a performance by the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.