Ascension St. Vincent honoring lives lost to COVID-19 during tree planting ceremony

Ascension St. Vincent honoring lives lost to COVID-19 during tree planting ceremony

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Three new dogwood trees are firmly planted in the prayer garden at Ascension St. Vincent.

“COVID has taken a toll on us, that we’ve all experienced loss in some way,” said Ascension St. Vincent President Dan Parod.

Each one represents a specific group of people impacted by the pandemic. The white tree was planted in remembrance of those who we lost to COVID-19, like Heather Rieber’s husband. She’ll see it every day as she walks into work.

“It’ll just be a reminder of his life, what it stood for, what he did for myself and my family, and my daughter,” said Rieber.

The pink tree was planted to honor those who have been instrumental in the vaccination process. The red tree was planted to honor people like Stephanie Lambert who have helped care for those suffering from the coronavirus.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride, some things were definitely very scary, and some things made me a better nurse, definitely,” said Lambert, a nurse at Ascension St. Vincent.

These three physical representations of all who were impacted by this pandemic offer a sense of hope to those who pass by.

“I’m very strong in my faith, and that’s one thing that keeps me going every day, is that God has a plan for all of us. Everyone has been affected by the pandemic,” said Rieber.

A time to reflect, remember and look forward to what’s to come.

“To reflect and to remember but also to look forward with hope and confidence and inspiration in the future,” said Parod.

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